Things in the royal household were far different than members of the public know. Members of the Royal Family reportedly claimed it was “nonsense” to treat young Prince Harry and William equally, meaning Harry had a very different relationship with some family members to Prince William, the heir to the throne.
With Prince William always destined to be king with a clearly outlined path to the throne, Harry has had to find a different path in life.
Journalist Richard Kay, spoke out about the royal rifts in the palace during the Channel 5 documentary Prince Harry: The Troubled Prince.
The channel 5 documentary explores the rifts that existed between the royals during the boys’ childhoods.
The documentary revealed that the Queen Mother formed a far closer bond with Prince William.
Members of the Royal Family reportedly claimed it was ‘nonsense’ to treat young Harry and William
The Queen Mother formed a far closer bond with Prince William
While Princess Diana was very conscious that she wanted the palace to treat them both equally, this may not have always been the case.
Both Diana And Prince Charles were very insistent that Harry be given as many opportunities that were afforded to his older brother.
However, more senior members of the royal family did not believe they should be treated in the same manner.
Mr Kay said: “Prince Charles shared Diana’s concerns about making sure the boys shared things in their early years.”
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With Prince William always destined to be king with a clearly outlined path to the throne, Harry has had to find a different way in life
“But certainly more senior members of the Royal Family in private were saying: ‘This is nonsense. William is the future. All our efforts must go into educating William’.
“It was William the Queen would invite for lessons in kingship when he was at Eton and she was at Windsor Castle.”
As well as spending more time alone with his grandmother, Prince William also shared a far closer bond with the Queen Mother, and was treated very differently by her to his younger brother.
Royal biographer Angela Lewin added: “He was always less than his brother.”
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While Princess Diana was very conscious that she wanted the palace to treat them both equally, this may not have always been the case
Both Diana And Prince Charles were very insistent that Harry be given as many opportunities that were afforded to his older brother
“The late Queen Mother would always invite Prince William over for tea and talk to him about his future and not invite Prince Harry.”
Richard Kay agreed, adding: “The Queen Mother always made sure Prince William was seated in a prominent seat next to her and Harry never was.”
Moreover, the Queen Mother reportedly left Harry more money when she died in 2002, leaving an estimated £14 million from her estate to her great-grandsons.
The decision was not down to personal preference, rather that William would benefit financially from becoming King.
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Speaking more of Harry’s hardships, broadcaster Daisy McAndrew added: “On paper Prince Harry’s start in life was incredibly privileged and lucky, but in reality being born as the younger brother of the future king of England is a very difficult position to be born into.
“They are known rather unkindly as the spare.”
Katie Nicholl, royal correspondent at Vanity Fair said the unequal treatment of the boys and lack of a clear path for Harry may have lead to problems in the future.
She said: “I think being the spare to the heir is a role that inherently has problems attached with it,”
Many royal biographers view the different treatment of the brothers as worrying foreshadowing of their complicated future relationship
“Prince William’s role has always been defined.
“What he’s going to do has always been clearly outlined.
“Harry, like spares historically in the Royal Family, has had to find a role for himself.”
Many royal biographers view this as worrying foreshadowing of their complicated future relationship.