'Heir and spare' Prince Harry, Meghan Markle could never do better in UK

By Samantha David May 15, 2022
Prince Harry has always been viewed as the 'heir and spare' and thus could never do better in the UK

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were said to have not been able to play a major role in the monarchy, had they remained in the UK.

As per royal author Ian Lloyd, the royal family does not tend to honour the second child as it is viewed as an 'heir and spare'. 

As Prince Harry is the second brother, he was always seen as a spare to heir Prince William consequently, reducing his rank in the family after his elder brother welcomed three children with Kate Middleton.

The author told Express.co.uk: "The problem with being the second is that you grow up with your sibling and you are equal - Diana treated Harry and William as equals, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth treated Elizabeth and Margaret like equals when they were children.

"But then what happens is that when the older one becomes sovereign or the heir it feels the second sibling more or less disappears.

"Princess Margaret was second-in-line from 1936 to 1948 and, considering World War 2, Elizabeth could have been killed and Margaret become Queen as a result.

"But had she lived up to now she would be something like 26th-in-line to the throne, so in other words she just of disappeared off the radars with the passing of the years.

"And I think that's what Harry finds difficult."

Adding to the Sussex and their positions as senior royals, the author said: "There is no obvious role and I think Meghan thought she could come in and make a role and sort of take on the Royal Family but the Palace and the organisation won't do that.

"They only ever support the heir and spare, so Meghan and Harry would never shine in this country."