Prince Albert deliberately kept mother-of-nine Queen Victoria pregnant so that he & # 39; king in everything but name & # 39; could be, says historian Lucy Worsley
- Queen Victoria & # 39; s husband Prince Albert encouraged innovation in science
- He took over some of his wife's tasks while she was pregnant with nine children
- Historian Lucy Worsley said that Prince Albert thought he & # 39; king in everything but name & # 39; used to be
- Mrs. Worsley said that Queen Victoria was suffering from postnatal depression
He is known for his innovation in science, art and industry in the UK.
But Prince Albert should have fulfilled the more traditional role & # 39; of the single-minded support of his partner, which he has not done, claims historian Lucy Worsley.
A determined Albert & # 39; held that baby & # 39; s & # 39 ;, who, she said, allowed him to pursue an ambition to & # 39; be king in anything but name & # 39; to become.
Historian Lucy Worsley said she believed that Prince Albert, right, wanted his wife, Queen Victoria, to be left to be constantly pregnant so that he could continue to take over some of her duties
She explained that although Victoria was having children, he was able to take over some of her duties and thereby take over part of her power.
When she spoke at the Hay Festival, she said: & With child seven, Victoria realized that was enough. But Albert stopped that baby & # 39; s.
& # 39; And that's because he could see that while she was working on it, he could continue to make himself king in anything but name.
& # 39; Take over part of her duties, take over part of her power.
& # 39; I feel that some of you think & # 39; No, I just don't believe it. Albert is a wonderful man. He is brilliant, he is a dentist, he organized the Great Exhibition, he supported science and art and industry & # 39 ;.
& # 39; That's true, but I don't think he should have done those things.
& # 39; I think he should have played the more traditional role of a queen or princess in this relationship, which was intentional to support his partner, which he didn't do. & # 39;
Miss Worsley suggested to a packed audience of 1,700 people that history is too friendly for Prince Albert.
The truth, she said, is that he was a man who lacked emotional intelligence and manipulated Victoria for his own purposes.
Historian Lucy Worsley, left, has written a book about Queen Victoria, right, in which she discusses the prince's relationship with her husband and how he tried to assume some of her responsibilities
Miss Worsley, who recently wrote the book Queen Victoria: daughter, wife, mother, widow, said that to be honest with Albert, men in the 19th century were expected to be the boss.
She added: & I think that Albert gets a good press from historians most of the time. Partly because he had many of the personal qualities that historians admire themselves.
& # 39; He was really interested in archiving systems. He was a thinker, not a feeler. He definitely had a huge IQ.
& # 39; But today, in our leaders, I think we value something else, we place great value on emotional intelligence. I believe that, Victoria, and he doesn't. & # 39;
Miss Worsley, chief curator of historic royal palaces and a familiar face and voice on TV and radio, said Victoria had nine consecutive children who often had symptoms that would be diagnosed as postnatal depression today.
During the lecture, a member of the public asked Miss Worsley how she thought Victoria would approach the current prime minister and respond to the Brexit.
She replied: & # 39; She was very European in her view. She would deal with it by identifying all heads of state in the European Union and marrying her children with them. & # 39;
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