Prince Andrew lobbied his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to try to stop Charles from becoming King, a royal insider has claimed.
In a new biography of Queen Consort Camilla, royal expert Angela Levin claims that Charles and his brother Andrew never really got on, partly due to the fact that before Prince William was born, they were first and second in line to the throne.
Ms Levin quotes an insider as claiming that Andrew wanted to “rule the country in some way” and tried to get his mother to agree to push Charles aside and let him be Regent to the then teenage Prince William.
The insider claimed that “when Diana was alive, through her friendship with Andrew’s wife Sarah, [Duchess of York] she plotted with Andrew to try to push Prince Charles aside so Prince Andrew could become Regent to Prince William, who was then a teenager.
“They were dark and strange times, where paranoia became reality, and this was a worry. Andrew lobbied very hard with the hope that Charles would not become king when his mother died, and that William would wear the crown.
“His behaviour was very, very negative and extremely unpleasant to Queen [Elizabeth], who disagreed. I was told it was one of the rare occasions he didn’t get his way.
“Nonetheless, he was apparently very angry that he couldn’t rule the country in some way.”