Gary wrote:His own grandmother Queen Victoria despised him. That ought to tell you something right there
It was his MOTHER (princess Victoria) that despised him
Queen Victoria actually liked her Grandson.
Queen Victoria to the Prince of Wales:
"William's faults come from impetuousness as well as conceit..."
And after the then Crown Prince William's snub of the Prince of Wales in Vienna, she wrote "All this shows a very unhealthy and unnatural state of mind..." and referred to him as a "hot-headed, conceited, and wrong-headed young man, devoid of all feeling."
In 1885 she wrote to her daughter:
"...that very foolish, undutiful and, I must add, very unfeeling boy, I have no patience with him and I wish he could get a good 'skelping' as the Scotts say." And added that he would not be welcome at Windsor.
She had a funny way of saying she liked him, I suppose.
Actually she was
fond of him as a young boy
. She also did her best to smooth everyone's ruffled feelings when he got himself into trouble frequently as an adult, and did eventually invite him back to England (where he of course made a flaming ass of himself repeatedly). But we have all seen those close family members who pretend to get along in public, when really they wish they never had to deal with each other. Such was apparently often the case with Queen Victoria and the Kaiser.