Queen Elizabeth Considers Harry a “Bit of a Lost Soul” Like Princess Margaret

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From Cosmopolitan

I’ll be honest, the only knowledge I have about Princess Margaret is what I’ve watched on The Crown. I know, I know. I’m a 20something American who didn’t exactly learn about the British royal family in history class. So, can you blame me? With that said, what I do know about the late Countess of Snowdon, I like. That’s why it’s quite interesting that royal biographer Andrew Morton compares her with Prince Harry. Apparently, the two second-borns have a lot in common and Queen Elizabeth knows it.

“I think the Queen knows that being the spare is hard and a part of her recognizes that Harry was sometimes a bit of a lost soul just like her sister,” Morton tells Vanity Fair. His latest biography, Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters, examines the sisters’ close yet often tense relationship. “She has always wanted to protect Harry and I think in part that’s because she watched Margaret fall victim to the system,” he continues. “Shutting out Margaret didn’t help and the Queen has learned from that. She didn’t want history to repeat itself with Harry.”

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Photo credit: John Shelley Collection/Avalon - Getty Images

Princess Margaret struggled to find her place within the monarchy, and since Harry chose to step down from his duties as a senior royal, it does make sense that he takes after his great-aunt.

Andrew explains, “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. 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.”

While Harry and Margaret might be a tad more difficult to understand, the Queen loves her grandson just like she loved her sister.

“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,” he added. “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.”

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