There are distinct paths to life for Prince Harry and Prince William. One royal expert suggests they have been deeply affected by the unhappy marriage of their parents, but in somewhat different ways.
Find out what lessons each brother learned from the relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Prince William is more focused on service.
During a January 2021 interview with Elle, Robert Lacey, author of the book “Battle of Brothers,” expressed his viewpoint while addressing the rivalry between the brothers.
Of course, seeing the crumbling relationship between Prince Charles and Diana when they were young boys played a part in the men who became Prince Harry and Prince William.
With Prince William focused on duty and Prince Harry finding love rather than making his parents’ mistakes, Lacey noted how the brothers “drew different lessons from those years,”
“The lesson William took away from the breakdown and the emotional chaos was that at least he had this duty, this responsibility to be king, to be the future monarch, and he had to live up to that,” explained Lacey.
He added, “That became a source of strength for him; for other kids it could have been a source of vanity or arrogance, but by and large it gave him this driving sense of duty.”
Lacey also noticed that, in his relationship with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William was mild. “Even when he falls in love, he more or less politely asks his sweetheart to wait nine years before marrying him; here [in the U.K.]she was called ‘Waity Katie,'” he explained. She fulfilled her obligation, and now she turns out to be a very desirable future king and queen.
To most Britons, they are much more appealing than Charles and Camilla.
An unfortunate part of his royal position is Prince Harry’s ‘worst memory’ of Princess Diana’s childhood.
Prince Harry was careful not to replicate the errors of his parents,
Having “emerging from the same emotional chaos,” Lacey shared, Prince Harry does not have the same sense of duty. “He is learning a different lesson: His parents were locked in an arranged, loveless marriage, and he will not make that mistake.”
He’s going to commit to love, and that’s what he did with Meghan, and he did it straight up,” the author and historian of “The Crown” continued.”
The first thing he tells is that the moment he saw her, he fell in love.
Compared to Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson and abandoned duty for love, Lacey compared the twins.
Lacey explained, “Just like in 1936, duty won out, and love had to go abroad,” “I expect this is the long-term solution: duty in the form of William and Kate will take over the situation, and Harry and his love will enjoy the freedom of America, and I hope there will be some kind of reconciliation, of course.”
There will be [a reconciliation], I hope,”I think there will be [a reconciliation],” “There is a texture and a history between these brothers, but it will never be the same. I would imagine that the base for Harry and Meghan will remain in the United States for the foreseeable future.”