The Queen has a favourite 'golden boy' son - and it's not Prince Charles

A close-up of the Queen smiling, who is responsible for the extra bank holiday in 2022

The Queen's favourite son is said to be Prince Andrew, despite Prince Charles being heir to the throne. 

It's common in most families for parents to have a favourite child, but it's safe to say we didn't expect it from the royal family.

While Her Majesty tends to shy away from press attention and opening up about her private life, a new Channel 5 documentary, The Royal Family At War, has explored suggestions that the Queen has always favoured Prince Andrew, despite having two other sons - Prince Charles and Prince Edward.

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew deep in conversation

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew are brothers (Credit: Getty)

In the documentary, experts suggest the Queen felt pressure to raise Prince Charles to be the future King. Whereas with Prince Andrew - her second born, she could be more hands on.

Royal expert, Katie Nicholl, revealed, "There is real tension between Charles and Andrew. Andrew has a very different relationship with his mother and the Queen was much more hands on."

Born 11 years after Prince Charles, when he was at boarding school, there are claims Prince Andrew who is still a prince could do "no wrong" in the Queen's eyes.

The Queen and Charles having a giggle

The Queen and Prince Charles enjoy a joke (Credit: Getty)

According to Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, "Andrew has always been the Queen's favourite son and he has never done anything wrong in her eyes."

Despite both Prince Charles and Prince Andrew both joining the Navy, Prince Andrew's stint in the Falklands garnered far more attention than his brother's.

"He came back a hero and was very much the golden boy of the royal family," Katie Nicholl explained.

Tensions reportedly reached boiling point in 2012 when only six members of the family appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry joined the Queen, but Prince Andrew was absent. Something he is said to have "found hard to accept".

Amid speculation that this life-long 'favouritism' had led to a rift between the brothers, Prince Andrew released a statement - a move spectacularly out of the ordinary for the royal family.

In it, he said, "There is no truth to the story that there could be a split between the Prince of Wales and I. Any continued speculation is pointless."

Video of the Week

Celebrity writer

Georgia is a Celebrity and Royal Writer working across GoodTo and Woman & Home, and the Director and Founder of communications company Farq Media. Prior to this she was Online Editor at New! Magazine – managing all of their digital content and social media accounts. Where she interviewed all of the hottest reality TV stars and spent far too much time commuting to London. She trained at Nottingham Trent University – where she achieved First Class Honours in Print Journalism whilst juggling copious amounts of work experience, freelance writing, blogging and having far too much fun with the dance society.