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Prince Harry ‘developed role for himself’ over ‘frustration’ of spare position he held

Prince Harry 'developed royal role for himself' says Arbiter

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Prince Harry held no clear role as the second-born son of the future king and as the brother of the second in the line of succession. Members of the Royal Family lower in the pecking order have historically had to delineate their own path and responsibilities within the monarchy, royal expert Dickie Arbiter claimed. Mr Arbiter suggested the lack of clarity about his position left the Duke of Sussex “frustrated” and contributed to his decision to quit his working royal position.

Speaking to Today Australia, the former Palace Press Secretary said: “As far as pecking order probably an element of frustration there because there is really no defined job for the sixth in line to the throne, the spare as he was always called. 

“And you’ve got to develop something on your own there’s no defined role for the Prince of Wales, Charles developed a role for himself, Andrew no defined role for him. 

“He went into the Navy for 20 years and then sort of wasted his time afterward so it’s beginning to get into that controversial side and I will talk about that once I have seen it.”

The “heir and spare” system has always dominated the British Royal Family since the beginning, with the dynamic often coming into play in earlier generations.

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The Queen maintained a healthy relationship with her sister Princess Margaret but were known to lock horns on occasions, especially in the early years of Her Majesty’s reigns over Margaret’s wedding plans.

Prince Harry admitted to struggling with living as a member of the Royal Family, which came to a head when and his wife Meghan Markle left the royal fold in March 2020 in search of a new life in America.

And his departure from customs may in the future develop into a precedent other younger members of the Royal Family may decide to use.

In the documentary William and Kate: The Journey, Camilla Tominey said: “I’m sure all eyes will be on Charlotte — in fact, there’ll be even more scrutiny for her because she’s female.”

Documentary narrator Monika Hamburg added: “Princess Charlotte’s birth has heralded a new era of girl power into the British Royal Family.

“After Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is over, the prospect of three male Kings means the Royal Family will not see a female on the throne for many years to come.”

She added: “How lovely to have Charlotte bringing up the rear — she’s rather unkindly called the ‘Spare to the Heir’, as Prince Harry is.

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The documentary’s voiceover added: “Princess Charlotte’s birth has heralded a new era of girl power into the British Royal Family.

“After Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is over, the prospect of three male Kings means the Royal Family will not see a female on the throne for many years to come.”

“But, as he has proved himself, it’s a role you can make your own.”

Speaking on Channel 5’s Secrets of Royal Palaces, Katie Nicholl, a royal expert said: “This was Prince Harry relinquishing his title, military appointments, quitting the Royal Family for an independent life.

“In many ways, Prince Harry was setting a precedent for the next generation of royals.

“If this works it may well be a blueprint for Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and other royal children down the line of succession.”

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