TV show: Queen was ‘aw­ful’ as a mother

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Queen Vic­to­ria was an aw­ful mother who hated preg­nancy, child­birth and breast-feed­ing ac­cord­ing to a new doc­u­men­tary.

The wid­owed mother at 42, who was left to raise nine chil­dren af­ter her hus­band Al­bert died in 1861, took out her pain on her chil­dren.

The doc­u­men­tary, Queen Vic­to­ria’s Tragic Fam­ily, will of­fer a glimpse of Vic­to­ria and the love-hate re­la­tion­ship with her chil­dren.

Pro­ducer Richard San­ders said: “She was an aw­ful mother, an ab­so­lute con­trol freak. She was oc­ca­sion­ally lov­ing but ex­traor­di­nar­ily self­ish. She was their par­ent but also their queen.”

“It didn’t oc­cur to her that her chil­dren had lost their fa­ther and needed their mother.

“Be­ing a queen, she took it for granted that she was the most im­por­tant per­son in the world.”

Vic­to­ria and Al­bert had strong ideas on how to raise chil­dren and im­posed hours of strict school­ing.

This worked for their first child Vic­to­ria, who mar­ried the Prince of Prus­sia, but it fell apart with son Ber­tie whose in­dis­cre­tion with a pros­ti­tute de­stroyed his re­la­tion­ship with his mum.

“There’s so much melo­drama that these sto­ries feel like a posh Eas­tEn­ders,” Richard added.

The Chan­nel 5 doc­u­men­tary will air later this month.

Queen Vic­to­ria

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