Charles is trying to sideline the Duke of York because his reputation as Airmiles Andy is 'damag
The 'rivalry' between the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York has been well-documented, but now a TV documentary claims Prince Charles is trying to airbrush his 'damaging' younger brother out of the future royal family.
The Channel 5 documentary, The Royal Family At War, airing on Saturday, delves into the complicated relationship between the two royals, and claims that Charles is concerned about 'ruining the Queen's legacy'.
It's no secret that Charles, 70, wants a 'slimmed down' monarchy when he eventually takes the throne, with only his immediate family funded by the taxpayer.
'Charles is worried that Andrew's behaviour at times is damaging the family firm,' says royal biographer Penny Junor.
'There probably has been occasions where Prince Charles has considered Andrew to be a bit of a liability to the royal family,' CNN royal commentator Victoria Arbiter adds.
'That image of Prince Andrew being the playboy at large rankles Prince Charles. He finds it embarrassing.
She goes on to suggest that in order to follow into his mother's footstep, Charles must avoid any more scandals, and keep the most problematic members of the royal family at bay.
'Charles does not want to be responsible for ruining the queen's legacy,' she says.
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen's former Press Secretary adds that Prince Charles will have been alarmed by previous newspaper reports about Andrew using the royal helicopter to go to play golf in Scotland, for instance.
'It would probably have grated on the Prince of Wales, because he is a firm believer that when you use public money you do the job and come home, there's no time for playing around,' Arbiter says.
'If you want to play around, you do that quite separately and you pay for it,' he added.
Expanding on Charles' plans to 'focus the public eye on the core royal family', the Queen's biographer Ingrid Seward, says that this means there's no place for Andrew and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
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