Michael Jackson's mother and his former wife have reportedly drawn a secret pact to ensure that the late star's kids are kept away from his "bullying" father.
Katherine Jackson and Debbie Rowe are set to fight over the future custody of the kids, with each wanting to bring them up.
But the two were said to have agreed on excluding the King of Pop's bossy father Joe from having any part in the upbringing of Prince Michael I, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II (Blanket), 7.
Jackson accused his father of beating him during his childhood and Joe is also widely seen responsible by some for many of the singer's troubles.
Joe, who has always denied beating either Michael or his siblings, recently said he wants to share custody of the kids with his estranged wife.
But Debbie and Katherine have allegedly joined forces to ensure that does not happen, according to a source close to Debbie's attorney.
"The last thing she wanted was for those kids to be looked after by Joe and go through what Michael went through," the Mirror quoted a source as saying.
"When they were together Michael poured out his heart about how much he loathed Joe for what he had done. And Katherine knows it's best for the children if they can settle it between themselves and keep it all out of courts.
"They can't stop Joseph seeing the kids at family functions and parties, but they can and will fight to prevent him having any formal role whatsoever in their upbringing," the source added.
Meanwhile, a custody hearing for temporary guardianship of Jackson's children has been rescheduled for July 20.