Harry Reminded William about His Role at 4 & Said Unlike Him He Could Do 'Whatever He Likes,' Book Claims
The Queen's passing lifted her son, King Charles III, to the new role of the British monarch.
Prince William became the Prince of Wales and one step closer to taking the crown that he and his brother, Prince Harry, knew was coming from childhood.
The royal siblings started feuding at a young age, with William getting more attention than his brother, but little did Harry know that there were advantages to being the second born.
On September 8, 2022, heartbreaking news came out from the social media accounts of The Royal Family that changed things for the British royalty. The palace revealed that Queen Elizabeth II had died.
In the short statement, it was shared that Her Majesty had passed away that afternoon in Scotland at her Balmoral Castle. The palace revealed that the late monarch had gone peacefully.
Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2, 2022, in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The statement also revealed that the King and The Queen Consort, King Charles III and his wife Camilla, would remain at the estate that evening. The couple, who were now responsible for leading the monarch, would return to London the following day.
According to the Royal Family's website, the first person in the line of succession in September 2022 was Prince William, and after him was his son Prince George. His daughter Princess Charlotte, and his lastborn son Prince Louis.
The fifth person in line was William's younger brother, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and then his two children, Archie and Lilibet. The last top ten people in line were Prince Andrew and then his daughter Princess Beatrice.
Andrew's granddaughter from Beatrice, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, concluded the list. When King Charles got his new title, so did his heir, William, and his wife, Duchess Kate; they were now known as the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Prince William and Duchess Kate departing St. Paul's Cathedral after the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee National Service of Thanksgiving on June 3, 2022, in London, England | Source: Getty Images
King Charles previously held the title of the Prince of Wales, while William and Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, was known as the Princess of Wales. Being so far down the line of succession was what probably made the Duke of Sussex remark about being able to do whatever he wanted when he was a child.
In the book "Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan," royal author Christopher Andersen detailed the fragile relationship between the royal brothers as children.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana reunited with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Venice after touring Italy on May 5, 1985 | Source: Getty Images
According to the book, the royal sibling's nanny, Olga Powell, said as a child, Harry mimicked his older brother's moves in every way possible. Powell added that the Duke of Sussex would soon start "crashing about and carrying on."
She had been hired to share nanny duties with Barnes and Ruth Wallace. Powell was part of the boys' lives for fifteen years, and she and the rest of the staff doted more on the younger brother, which allegedly led to a sibling rivalry.
Royal Nanny Olga Powell with Prince William and Prince Harry at a polo match in Windsor on May 17, 1987 | Source: Getty Images
Princess Diana's long-time bodyguard Ken Wharfe revealed that the attention Harry received bothered his older brother because he did not get the same. Wharfe claimed:
"One cause of William's unease as a boy growing up was that the attention from a lot of the staff was centered on Harry, and not on him."
Prince Charles and his wife, Princess Diana, with their sons Prince Harry and Prince William who are pictured playing on a vintage fire engine at Sandringham. | Source: Getty Images
The Duke of Cambridge reportedly retaliated by stealing or breaking something in the household and attempting to pin it on his younger brother. Powell allegedly recalled:
"William would hide his cereal bowl, and when asked where it went, he'd point to poor Harry."
Princes William and Prince Harry with their mother, Princess Diana in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, on July 18, 1986 | Source: Getty Images
Andersen claimed in his book that the children's nanny told William: "I love you, but I don't like you." The differences between the two boys were evident when they were children.
Harry Was Not like William in Their Childhood
When Harry enrolled at Mrs. Mynors' Nursery School, the staff embraced his arrival as he tried, by all means, to live up to William's alleged terrible example at home. However, he was the opposite of what was expected of him.
Princes William and Prince Harry leaving the hospital after visiting the Duchess of York and her daughter Princess Beatrice at Portland Hospital. | Source: Getty Images
Harry was reportedly so quiet and withdrawn from other children that one teacher worried he was "suffocating in his brother's shadow." Strangers allegedly showed more interest in William because he was the family's baby and was smothered with love.
It became apparent when Harry got dropped off on his first day of school and when he made his way to the front door, Mynors went out of her way to greet his older brother instead. According to the book, King Charles said, from toddlerhood, it was always clear that his eldest son was the one who possessed a strong personality while his youngest had a gentler nature.
Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Prince William attending Prince Harry's first day at Mrs Mynors' nursery school in September 1987 in London. | Source: Getty Images
Moreover, William was rarely absent from school, while his younger brother managed to find excuses so he could stay home. A spiritual healer, Simone Simmons, who visited the princes' mother at Kensington Palace once a week, revealed Harry used to come down with coughs and colds, adding:
"But I think he just wanted to stay home with Mummy. He loved having her to himself and not having to compete with William."
Princess Diana and her sons Prince Harry and Prince William (in cap behind his mother) during a holiday in the Austrian resort of Lech on March 24, 1994. | Source: Getty Images
By age four, Harry was already painfully aware of where he stood in the royal order of succession. One Friday night, the boys were allegedly bickering in the back seat on a ride with their mother and Powell.
When the nanny reprimanded them, William refused to listen. She reportedly told him not to be rude, and Harry chimed in telling her not to bother before shockingly stating:
"It doesn't matter anyway because William is going to be king. I'm not going to be king, so I will be able to do whatever I like!"
Diana, Princess of Wales taking her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, to the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire in May 1991, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images
Wharfe, who drove, recalled how stunned the people in the car were, saying: "All the adults in the car looked at each other and thought, where the hell did that come from?" The bodyguard said from a young age, Harry had the mentality of having the freedom to do whatever he wanted.
Wharfe allegedly shared how the difference between the two was that William's behavior was the one under scrutiny because he would be king long before Harry one day. Not long after, William commented about wanting to be a policeman so he could protect their mother.
Princess Diana's bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, with her son, Prince William, during a visit to Wales, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images
Once again, his younger brother allegedly replied: "Oh, no, you can't. You've got to be king!" Wharfe expressed the unique situation, adding that Prince Harry already knew at that age: "Extraordinary. Even at that age, Harry knew."
With that said, the family's youngest member soon became a favorite in the eyes of the royal staff. He would go into the kitchen alone daily or onto the palace grounds to converse with them and called everyone by their first names.
Wharfe revealed that the young royal knew everyone from the flower man to the butcher and that, in turn, they all adored him as he was a funny little one. In June 2022, the bodyguard told Express that Harry always had more freedom than William, who was duty-bound because of his role as the future King of England.
Princess Diana and her sons Prince Harry and Prince William and Diana's Royal Protection Officer Ken Wharfe in the background, on the right, at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire on May 31, 1987 | Source: Getty Images
However, one person who thought Harry was getting the better deal in the situation was his mother. Diana believed that being born second was adventitious for her younger son.
Diana Thought Harry's Birth Position Had Its Advantages
One of King Charles' deputy private secretaries revealed that even when it came to the Queen, there was an imbalance in terms of who was more significant between Harry and William. In Andersen's book, the source claimed:
"It was just understood that William was going to be king, and he was the one who mattered. Harry was always left on the sidelines."
Princess Diana pictured with Prince Harry on holiday on August 10, 1987 in Majorca, Spain. | Source: Getty Images
Diana's friend, Lady Elsa Bowker, shared how such incidences affected Harry's confidence and "deeply hurt his feelings." Bowker said she felt sorry for the young prince, whose mother also had great concern for him and tried hard not to make him feel left out or unwanted.
[Olga] Powell shared that because [Prince] Harry was born to be number two, he tried to be number one in other ways.
But the former Princess of Wales later realized that Harry's position in the family had its advantages. "Royal firstborns may get all the glory, but second-borns enjoy more freedom," said Bowker.
Princess Diana photographed sitting on the steps of The Marivent Palace with her son, Prince Harry at a photocall during their summer holiday. | Source: Getty Images
Diana's friend believed that only when the boy was older would he realize how lucky he was not to have been the eldest. The People's Princess continued to treat her children equally and never spent time with one son at the exclusion of the other.
As a mother, the late princess was an unconventional royal parent. She exposed her brood to what everyday life was like for ordinary British citizens and once wore a dark wig and sunglasses disguise to take them to McDonald's or Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Diana would make her children stand in line at the movie theater just like everyone else and raced alongside them at a London go-kart track. The trio went to amusement parks, miniature golf courses, and bowling alleys.
Princess Diana with sons Prince William and Prince Harry during their visit at The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. | Source: Getty Images
Princess Diana also took her boys to her favorite sport - swimming. Harry took to the water "as if he had gills," while William later became captain of his water polo team in college, making him a superior swimmer.
Powell shared that because Harry was born to be number two, he tried to be number one in other ways. In addition, Jessie Webb revealed that the competition between the royal brothers was always tough, adding even though they loved each other and watched out for each other, they both hated losing.