The Royals Allegedly Treated Prince Harry Like a "Spare" Because He Was the Second Born Child

Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • Royal historian Robert Lacey claims Prince Harry was treated like a "spare" in the royal family.

  • Lacey said Harry's treatment directly correlated with his place in line for the British crown.

If you've ever felt like you lived in your older brother or sister's shadow as a kid, apparently you have some royal company. Prince Harry has pretty much been feeling like that his entire life and started acting out as a teen because Prince William was going to assume the crown, according to new reports. And now, royal historian Robert Lacey says Harry was "pushed ever outwards" once he started growing up, which honestly sucks.

Lacey appeared on the Pod Save the Queen podcast and claimed Prince William received slightly better treatment by the royal fam because he was the heir to the British throne. According to Lacey, Harry was instead treated like a "spare."

"I would say William has been more kindly treated than Harry has been, but that has always been the fate of the spare," Lacey said. "Harry follows, sadly, in the tradition of Princess Margaret or Prince Andrew as number twos in the system, who are treated harshly by the logic of the royal system which actually favors the main bloodline."

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

"When they are born and are young and children, the spare is always so close to the center of things and it is their destiny, through life, to be pushed ever outwards," he continued. "In technical terms, of course, they go down the line of succession. From Harry being right next to William in the succession, he is down to six, seven, eight or so."

Yep, currently thanking God I didn't have the misfortune of being a second royal child!

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