Prince Harry, 36, grew up in the shadow of his brother Prince William, 38, who was raised to become king from a young age. As Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s second son, Harry was allotted the ‘spare’ status of royal children not destined for the throne. A royal expert has described how the arrival of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s children freed Harry from this status.
In his new book Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal historian and author Robert Lacey explains how Prince Harry’s royal status shifted following the arrival of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s children – Prince George, seven, Princess, Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis.
Touching on where Prince Harry found himself at the start of his 30s, Mr Lacey writes: “As Prince Harry entered his thirties, Diana and Charles’s second son could pride himself on much.
“His Sentebale charity in Lesotho was going from strength to strength, and in September 2014 his Invictus Games – the Olympics for injured veterans that he had both inspired and helped to organise in London had proved a stunning success.
“‘Invictus’ is the Latin for ‘unconquered’ or ‘undefeated’ – and the younger brother could surely claim to be that. His personal therapy was working.”
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His younger siblings Louis and Charlotte will be pushed down the line of succession by any children George might one day have.
Since stepping away from his royal role Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have settled in the USA.
The couple are expected to raise their son Archie Harrison in the States as a private citizen.
However, despite Archie not currently having HRH status he will automatically become a Prince when his grandfather Prince Charles is king.