The Queen always wanted to "protect" Prince Harry as she "knew being the spare was hard", a royal biographer has claimed.
Andrew Morton, author of numerous royal biographies including Diana: Her True Story, has claimed Her Majesty saw with her own younger sister Princess Margaret how difficult it is being the second-born within the Royal Family – and so set about publicly supporting Harry.
This is said to have including accomodating Harry and wife Meghan Markle's wish to step down from their positions as senior royals in March 2020, as well as giving her personal permission for her grandson to fight on the front lines in Afghanistan and supporting him in setting up the Invictus Games for wounded military personnel.
Mr Morton says this support came after seeing her own sister Princess Margaret struggle to carve out a meaningful role for herself within the royal family.
"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,” Mr Morton told Vanity Fair. "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."
It comes after Mr Morton's latest book, Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters was released.
The book gives an account of the relationship between the Queen and her younger sister, emphasising their differences in character and approach to finding their place within the Royal Family.
Mr Morton added: "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.
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"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."
Harry and Meghan moved to the US last year after they stepped back as senior royals of the Royal Family.
The couple announced in January 2020 that they would step back from senior positions in the Royal Family following talks at Sandringham between Harry, Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen, and finally left their positions at the end of March.
They moved to Santa Barbara with their son Archie last year and purchased a $14 million (£10.8m) luxury property, having spent the intervening period living in Canada, in hopes of a more private lifestyle.
The couple recently took part in a bombshell interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey in which they made a number of shocking revelations, addressing her mental health battle and concerns of racism in the Royal Family.
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