They’re the most famous family in the world.
To outsiders, life in the royal family looks like a real life fairytale.
But inside The Firm their are the same problems as with any other parents, children and siblings.
While the Queen might be adored by her millions of fans but to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren she’s mummy or grannie.
And just like many other families it seems Her Majesty has a favourite son – and it’s caused a huge rift between the brothers.
As the Queen’s first born, Prince Charles is the heir to the throne and now takes on many of her royal duties as she begins to step back from her arduous schedule.
But according to royal experts, the Prince of Wales is not her favourite son.
The honour is held by her second eldest boy, Prince Andrew.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II (1927, 2019)
However, this favouristism is believed to have caused a feud between the brothers that the years don’t seem to be dulling.
Their royal row is explored in new Channel 5 documentary, The Royal Family At War.
Experts believe the Queen has long felt the weight of raising Charles to be the next king – but with Andrew she is said to have a far more hands on relationship.
Royal author, Katie Nicholl told the documentary: “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.”
Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell added: “Andrew has always been the Queen’s favourite son and he has never done anything wrong in her eyes.”
Journalist Penny Junor said: “I think the Queen has always had a bit of a blindspot when it comes to Prince Andrew.”
At 11 years younger than Charles, Andrew was born while Charles was at boarding school in Gordonstoun, an experience he is said to have hated and once reportedly described as “Colditz in kilts”.
After they finished their education both brothers enlisted in the Armed Forces.
Charles spent five years as a captain in the Royal Navy.
Andrew also joined the navy – but his career garnered far more attention than that of his big brother’s.
As a helicopter pilot at 22 Andrew was sent to fight in the Falkland Conflict and on his return he was greeted by the Queen as his ship pulled into the harbour.
Katie Nicholl said: “He came back a hero and was very much the golden boy of the royal family.”
But this was only the start of the brother’s reported rift.
Charles is said to be pushing for a slimmed down monarchy – while Andrew was criticised for using his privilege as a royal for his own entertainment.
Katie Nicholl said: “Andrew became known in the media as ‘Airmiles Andy’ and would use the royal helicopter not for royal engagements but to go and play golf in Scotland.”
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, added: “Charles was of the view that if you want to play around you do it separately from the family and you pay for it yourself.”
In 2011 Prince Andrew stepped down from his position as UK trade envoy following criticism over his friendship with a controversial American billionaire.
But one of the toughest blows to Prince Andrew’s position in the royal family came when it emerged that his daughter’s, Prince Beatrix and Eugenie’s, security detail would no longer be paid from from the civil purse.
Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former protection officer, said: “The protection of the royal family runs into millions of pounds, which is paid for by the tax payer.”
Then, there was a cutting moment when, on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, only six members of the royal family appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
Present were the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.
Prince Andrew and his family were notably absent.
Penny Junor said: “This was something that Andrew found hard to accept.”
Katie Nicholl added: “Andrew wants to be a part of those appearances and it’s certainly lead to a fall out.”
In December that year Andrew took the extremely unusual step of releasing a statement to the press insisting there was no feud between the brothers.
It 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.”
But rather than quash the rumours, it only served to add fuel to the fire.
Kate Nicholl said: “It’s very rare for them to deny somehting like sibling rivalry.
“There’s no smoke without fire and by denying it, he was fuelling to speculation.
“It’s clear there were problems between the brothers.”
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter added: “The Queen has had no scandal during her reign and Charles doesn’t want to be the one to see that fine work crumble so he needs to surround himself with people who aren’t going to cause him any problems.”