Queen has ‘infinite patience’ with Prince Harry and sees him as ‘a bit of a lost soul’

Queen 'had to accept Margaret's rebellions' says expert

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Royal biographer Andrew Morton said the monarch is aware that being the spare royal sibling is not easy after watching her younger sister Princess Margaret struggle with her position. The author of new book Elizabeth & Margaret added the Queen did not want “history repeating itself” with Harry, whose older brother Prince William is second in line to the throne.

Mr Morton told Vanity Fair: “I think the Queen knows that being the spare is hard and a part of her recognises 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.”

Mr Morton added that the Queen has looked out for Harry since the death of his mother Princess Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997.

He said: “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.

“She has deliberately taken him under her wing.

“I think as a grandmother she has been far more understanding than as a mother at times.”

Harry quit royal duties in March 2020 with his wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their second child, are now living in America with their young son Archie.

They have signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify as they launch new careers away from the monarchy.

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The couple plunged the royals into crisis with their tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired last month.

The ex-Suits star and the Queen’s grandson made a set of astonishing claims about the Royal Family during the controversial TV interview.

But the royals made clear that they did not agree with all of the Sussexes’ version of events.

A statement issued by Buckingham Palace said that “some recollections may vary”.

Royal author Penny Junor accused the Sussexes of betraying the Royal Family in the year since Megxit.

Ms Junor said: “When Harry and Meghan left a year ago people were surprised and disappointed because they were a great pair.

“Harry was a hugely popular royal and Meghan was a great asset to the family.

“A year on, I think a lot of people are really angry and think that they have betrayed their family and lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution and sort of taken a swipe at the UK as well.”

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