Posted on Mar 11, 2022      133

She was the daughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria, he her first-born son and the last German emperor. The relationship of Crown Princess Victoria - called Vicky - and her son, Wilhelm II, has been a difficult one from the boy’s birth. Above all, a physical flaw strained the relationship with his mother, according to the rumors. Was there a sexual attraction between the two?


Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, was born in 1840 as the first child of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. In 1858, at 17, she marries Prince William Frederick Louis of Prussia, eight years her senior. Just three months later, Vicky becomes pregnant. The birth of her son Wilhelm, however, pushes the crown princess to her limits.


On January 27, 1859, the couple’s first child - Wilhelm - sees the light of day. But because of a breech birth, there were considerable complications, even though Queen Victoria sent a doctor to help. A Caesarean section was out of the question. - one was tantamount to the death of the mother. While Vicky has to be anesthetized with chloroform, the doctor pulls the child out of the womb with great effort. But he damages the head and neck, destroys important nerves of the left arm. The consequences: Wilhelm suffers from paralysis of the limb for the rest of his life. The arm also remains crippled, and later it is about 15 centimeters shorter than the right one.


The parents of young Wilhelm are shocked. Their doctors leave no stone unturned in their efforts to treat the boy’s arm. In doing so, the doctors use unusual, sometimes grotesque, methods. Twice a week, they order “animal baths” and embed the boy’s arm in the carcass of a freshly slaughtered rabbit. A “quite disgusting idea,” as his mother finds, according to historian John Röhl. The doctors do not stop at electroshock therapy either, and they also put the child in various head and arm stretching machines. Vicky wanted a perfect child, but her son’s arm “spoils any joy and pride I should have in him,” as she wrote in a letter to her mother, Queen Victoria. A love-hate relationship with her child develops; Vicky loves her William and despises him at the same time. But the boy, fixated on his mother, tries to win her love.


According to Professor Röhl, at 16, the boy harbors erotic thoughts for his mother. Letters found by the historian show that. “I have dreamed of your warm, soft hands, and I wait impatiently for the time when I can sit with you and kiss them. But promise me you will only give me the inside of your hand to kiss.” In another letter, Wilhelm writes, “I dreamed of you again. This time I was alone with you in the library when you stretched out your arms and pulled me down. Then you took off your gloves and put your hand gently on my lips for me to kiss. I wish you would do the same to me when I’m alone with you in Berlin at night.” Psychologists believe he wants to try out his sexual inclinations on his mother, fixating mainly on her beautiful hands. But how does his mother reciprocate Wilhelm’s incestuous thoughts?


Does Vicky flatter her son’s advances? Did she respond by sending similar letters to her firstborn, who was on his way to becoming a man? No. Instead, she responded with firm disapproval. Victoria does not respond to her son’s innuendos, but corrects his grammar. Henceforth, the relationship between mother and son is shattered. The dreams, however, are a pointer to future inclinations of the coming emperor: he develops a fetish for women’s arms.


The episode with his mother, therefore, did not shake his relationship with women. On the contrary: although he married Auguste Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg in 1881, Kaiser Wilhelm also pursued other women. He often has them take off their gloves so that he can caress them from fingertip to elbow. Among others, Wilhelm has a relationship with the Strasbourg noble prostitute Emilie Klopp. She sends letters under the pseudonym “Miss Love” to Count Wilhelm von Bismarck, the son of Imperial Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. According to this, Wilhelm has “quite peculiar inclinations to complicate ordinary coitus ... such as binding the arms together.”

Conclusion: Princess Vicky and her crippled son had thus contrary to the rumors of no romantic secret love. Wilhelm, who was tormented by a tough childhood, has erotic dreams about his mother. But instead of allowing an intimate relationship to develop, the thoughts of the future emperor divide him and his mother even further.