“I think the Queen knows that being the spare is hard and a part of her recognizes that Harry was sometimes a bit of a lost soul just like her sister," the biographer claimed
Things have clearly taken an unfortunate turn with the royal family since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah. Biographer Andrew Morton now says that the Queen has in fact shown “infinite patience” towards her grandson Prince Harry because she recognizes the challenges faced by younger royal siblings, reported Vanity Fair
Morton, who is the author of numerous royal biographies, the latest being Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters, says that the Queen witnessed her younger sister Princess Margaret struggle to carve out a meaningful royal role as the second-born. “I think the Queen knows that being the spare is hard and a part of her recognizes that Harry was sometimes a bit of a lost soul just like her sister. She has always wanted to protect Harry and I think in part that’s because she watched Margaret fall victim to the system. Shutting out Margaret didn’t help and the Queen has learned from that. She didn’t want history to repeat itself with Harry," Morton said.
He further said that the Queen had always supported Harry in every way she could. From giving her personal permission for Harry to fight on the front lines in Afghanistan to supporting his Invictus Games for wounded military personnel by taking part in a spoof video with the Obamas, she tried her best. Even when he and Markle announced that they would step down as senior royals, the Queen did her best to accommodate her grandson’s wish to create a new life for himself and his family. “I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," she wrote in a statement at the time, reported Vanity Fair.
Morton further said that the Queen had been showing her support even during the most embarrassing moments in Harry's youth. “When you compare personalities, Harry is like Margaret, a royal rebel. Margaret once said ‘disobedience is my joy’ and you see some of that in Harry. The Queen also knew Margaret sometimes felt like an outsider and I think that’s why she has made sure the door is always open for Harry to return to the royal fold. She will have a lot of empathy and sympathy for him because she grew up watching her younger sister act the role of the spare, which is not easy," he said, according to Vanity Fair.
Morton spoke about when Harry would complain as a child that William got more attention. He recalled an incident from the past when William alone would be invited for tea with the Queen Mother. Princess Diana had apparently insisted at the time that her boys should be treated equally, but the fact was that William was born to be king and will always be treated differently. “The Royal Family is a hierarchy and if you’re not number one that can be challenging. There are also many parallels between the relationship between Elizabeth and Margaret and William and Harry. William is dutiful, serious, considered, cautious, just like the Queen. I think one of the main differences between Margaret and Harry was that Margaret was always loyal to the crown," Morton said, according to Vanity Fair.
Morton maintained that while William is still unable to forgive Harry, the Queen has been more accomodating. “She has a lot of affection for Harry. She was there the day Harry lost his mother and has been there for him ever since. He has deliberately taken him under her wing. I think as a grandmother she has been far more understanding than as a mother at times," he explained, according to Vanity Fair.