Queen pain: Monarch ‘deliberately took Prince Harry under her wing’ after Diana’s death
The Queen has been incredibly understanding and forgiving when it came to Prince Harry, royal author Andrew Morton believes. He said: “She has a lot of affection for Harry.”
Speaking to Vanity Fair, he added: “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.”
Prince Harry spoke about his relationship with the Queen during his two latest interviews.
In February, in an episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, the Duke of Sussex revealed he has held video calls with his grandparents.
Asked by his friend and host Mr Corden whether the Queen knows how to use Zoom, Harry said: “Yes, both my grandparents do.
“They have zoomed a few times, they have seen Archie running around.”
During his landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside Meghan Markle, Harry revealed he has spoken to his grandmother multiple times over the past 12 months – since he left the Firm as a senior royal.
He said: “I’ve spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years.
“My grandmother and I have a really good relationship. And an understanding.
“And I have a deep respect for her. She’s my colonel in chief, right? She always will be.”
He also denied blindsiding the monarch with his announcement on Megxit on January 8, 2020.
Saying she has too much respect for her, Harry explained the Queen was aware of his plans for the future and they had already spoken about them over the phone three times before he and Meghan put out the statement.
Mr Morton, who in 1992 wrote the tell-all biography of the Princess of Wales in collaboration with Diana herself, believes the Queen’s understanding of the Duke of Sussex comes from seeing her sister Princess Margaret struggling as the younger sister of a monarch.
The author of the new book Elizabeth & Margaret said: “Margaret often felt that she was in Elizabeth’s shadow.
“She was four years younger, and tried to make up for the age difference by wearing the same clothes and doing the same things as her older sister, but there was a hierarchy and Margaret always came behind the Queen.
“She found out very soon in life that she would be number two.”
Mr Morton went on comparing this relationship to the dynamic between Harry and Prince William – who one day will be King.
He said: “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.”
Both Princess Diana and Prince Charles are believed to have been in agreement over giving Prince William and Prince Harry similar upbringing, no matter the pecking order.
However, Prince William received more attention from other members of the Firm as future monarch and was often invited for tea alone by the Queen Mother or at Windsor Castle for lunch by the Queen and Prince Philip while he was attending Eton.
Royal expert Richard Kay claimed Diana poured “more love and attention” into Harry to compensate.
Writing in the Daily Mail, he claimed the Princess of Wales told him: “I have to. Charles and I worked so hard to ensure both boys receive equal amounts of our time and love, but others in the family seem to concentrate on William.”
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