Why hasn’t Charles seen the baby?

Why hasn’t Charles seen the baby? Grandfather STILL hasn’t visited William and Kate’s newborn prince although Carole, Pippa and Eugenie have

  • Prince Charles still hasn’t visited the newborn prince who was born on Monday 
  • He is currently in Scotland on holiday and will not see the baby until Friday 
  • Meanwhile, Kate’s mother Carole and sister Pippa Middleton have seen the baby 

Prince Charles still has not seen his newest grandson, four days after he was born.

He is currently in Scotland on holiday and will not see the baby until today at the earliest, the Mail can reveal.

There have long been rumours of tensions between Charles and William, particularly over how much he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, get to see his grandchildren.

The couple were at Birkhall, their private Highland home, on Monday when Kate, 36, delivered the baby.

Prince Charles still has not seen his newest grandson, four days after he was born

There have long been rumours of tensions between Charles and William, particularly over how much he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, get to see his grandchildren

Charles was unable to fly down to London straight away as he was in France on Wednesday at a First World War centenary service.

It is understood that the prince was flown to and from Scotland by private plane, paid for by the Australian Government, which organised the event.

Charles, who turns 70 this year, is said to be making arrangements to go to London but it is not clear why he did not travel yesterday. 

He has no official engagements in the next few days. But then no other senior royals have yet visited the latest addition to the family.

The Queen, who is at Windsor, was informed by phone about the birth. She may see her sixth great-grandchild at the weekend, when it is possible that William and Kate will take him to the castle to see her and Prince Philip, who is recovering from a hip replacement and unable to travel.

Early visitors to Kensington Palace included Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and siblings, Pippa and James, while Princess Eugenie has also dropped in. 

Mrs Middleton has been seen helping out with George’s school run and generally making herself useful.

Princess Eugenie visits the new prince at Kensington Palace this morning

Carole Middleton, mother of Kate and grandmother to the new prince leaves from Kensington Palace this afternoon

Over the years Charles has reportedly complained privately that he does not see enough of his grandchildren, and particularly not as much as the Middletons do. 

George and Charlotte are frequent visitors to Bucklebury Manor, Kate’s family home, where they can play in the 18-acre grounds and collect eggs from the chickens.

According to sources, the Middletons are ‘virtually retired’ from the day to day running of their business, Party Pieces, and able to help whenever needed.

Charles, on the other hand, has commitments that include almost 600 public engagements a year, as well as a growing number of duties on behalf of the Queen, and has to ask his diary team to schedule in time with his grandchildren.

He dotes on George, four, and Charlotte, three next week, and in a statement on Tuesday spoke of his excitement at the birth of his new grandson.

Sources close to the prince have said previously that with his busy schedule it is natural that the Middletons play a much more hands-on role but one told the Mail: ‘The prince is much more of a doting grandfather than people give him credit for. But, let’s face it, he isn’t ever going to be hands-on when it comes to child care.’

RICHARD KAY: Charles still hasn’t seen the newborn prince because he has a difficult relationship with William 

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose for photographers with their newborn baby boy

Usually his arrival at Birkhall, his grandmother’s home on the Balmoral estate, which he has stylishly updated, is a moment of lipsmacking anticipation.

Increasingly as he gets older, the Prince of Wales views visits to this Scottish retreat as a necessary restorative.

But yesterday it was difficult not to have a flicker of sympathy for Charles as he waited anxiously at his bolthole for an opportunity to see his newborn grandson.

Instead, the first visitors to Kensington Palace were a progression of Middletons, led by Kate’s hands-on mother Carole, her pregnant sister Pippa, father Michael and bearded brother James. Even Fergie’s daughter Princess Eugenie turned up to welcome the arrival of her first cousin once removed.

For Charles, languishing in Scotland, the pain must be considerable.

To many puzzled observers it may seem that the neglect in not yet having seen his new grandson, when the Middletons have, must lie with the Prince of Wales. But is that the case?

On Wednesday, he understandably had to put duty first, travelling to northern France for the dawn ceremony marking Anzac Day and the centenary of the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. A long-planned trip, it involved the prime ministers of France and Australia.

All the same, there was a sense of unease among courtiers this week as the prince found himself relegated behind William’s in-laws in the queue to see the latest addition to the House of Windsor.

Despite the fact no other senior royals have called in to see the baby, the prince’s absence shines an uncomfortable light on the tricky and perplexing relationship between father and son.

We have been here before, of course. Three years ago, Charles complained that he ‘almost never’ sees his first grandson, Prince George, and that he occupied a peripheral role in the little boy’s life.

The dismay at seeing less than he expected of his first grandson was amplified because he hoped to become a mentor to the future king.

Just a few days before George was born, Charles was happily asking a ladies’ circle for ‘any hints’ on being a grandfather.

The anticipation was clear, and it was obvious to those ladies that Charles was determined to be the attentive and loving grandfather he never knew himself.

The prince was only three when George VI died, and he never knew his paternal grandfather, Prince Philip’s playboy father Prince Andrew of Greece, who died in 1944.

It is not difficult to see how this sparked his desire to be involved in the development of young George, particularly as Charles feels they have a special connection.

For he knows that, like himself, George is probably going to have to wait almost a lifetime before he fulfils his destiny. But from the outset, according to insiders, William’s attitude was somewhat different. ‘Very strange,’ says one.

On the day Kate’s labour began at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, Charles was on a train en route to a day of engagements.

He had offered to cancel his duties, but was assured it was not necessary because William did not want visitors to come to the hospital immediately, fearing they would be disruptive. Instead, George’s first visitors were the Middletons, which established a pattern that, tellingly, repeated itself this week.

When Kate’s due date with Princess Charlotte emerged, the same instruction not to visit and not to cancel engagements followed. But as a royal aide noted: ‘The Middletons don’t do engagements, so it didn’t apply to them.’

In the event, Charlotte was born at the weekend and Kate quickly went home to Kensington Palace. When it became clear to Charles that the Middletons would be visiting, he made an immediate decision to go, driving himself and Camilla from Highgrove.

According to a friend, he felt it would ‘look awful’ if he didn’t visit his new granddaughter at the same time as the Middletons.

He was said to have ‘hared’ down the motorway to London, and even radioed ahead to London for an aide to collect a gift from Clarence House which Camilla had chosen for the baby, to be sent over to Kensington Palace.

In the event, Granny Carole and Grandpa Charles arrived at the palace almost at the same time.

‘When it suits him, William can be friendly and welcoming, but he can also be aloof and icy,’ says a close figure. ‘With his father, he can be cordial or effusive, especially if he wants more money, as he did for work on Anmer Hall – his house in Norfolk. He dispenses niceties like he is the owner of a sweet shop to a small child.’

Nothing illustrates this wilful approach better than William’s reaction after Charles included a picture on his desk of him with George – alongside photographs of William and Harry – for one of the regular in-house videos the Prince of Wales makes for his charities in Commonwealth countries.

William complained bitterly, even though the picture was one that had been issued publicly.

Nor, say friends, has he made any secret of the fact that he views the relationship that Carole and Mike Middleton enjoy with their children as being just what he covets for his own family.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that he doesn’t think he has had that kind of relationship with his father.

For Charles, who wants only to be a mentor and sounding board for his sons and his grandchildren, it is not just a puzzling situation. It is also a sad one.

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