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Queen Mother would 'always invite future King William for tea and not Harry'

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Angela Levin, author of ‘Harry: Conversation with the Prince’, claimed Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, paid particular attention to the Duke of Cambridge when the brothers were children. Journalist Richard Kay has also suggested William was viewed as “the future” by the Royal Family, despite Princess Diana’s wishes the brother be treated equally.

In the Channel 5 documentary ‘Prince Harry: The Troubled Prince’, both Ms Levin and Mr Kay suggested senior royals believed William should be prioritised.

Ms Levin claimed the Queen Mother preferred inviting William to tea.

He said: "The late Queen Mother would always invite Prince William over for tea and talk to him about his future and not invite Prince Harry."

Mr Kay added: “The Queen Mother always made sure Prince William was seated in a prominent seat next to her and Harry never was."

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Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother stands outside Clarence House on her 95th Birthday with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on August 04, 1995 in London, England

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Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother stands outside Clarence House on her 95th Birthday with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on August 04, 1995 in London, England

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Mr Kay also referenced Diana’s wishes for Harry and William to be treated equally, despite the Sussex royal being viewed as “spare to the heir”.

He said in the documentary: “Prince Charles shared Diana's concerns about making sure the boys shared things in their early years.

"But, certainly, more senior members of the royal family in private were saying: 'This is nonsense. William is the future. All our efforts must go into educating William'.

"It was William the Queen would invite for lessons in kingship when he was at Eton and she was at Windsor Castle."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England

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Katie Nicholl, royal correspondent at Vanity Fair, also pointed out William and Harry were aware of their different positions in the Royal Family growing up.

She said: “I think being the spare to the heir is a role that inherently has problems attached with it.

"Prince William's role has always been defined. What he’s going to do has always been clearly outlined.

"Harry, like spares historically in the royal family, has had to find a role for himself."

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After Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Harry told Queen Elizabeth II they would not return to full time royal work, Ms Levin has claimed the brother’s rift may have grown.

She said “little chance” of healing their rift after Megxit in a piece for The Telegraph.

Ms Levin added: “He will no doubt also be bracing himself for what else may be revealed by his younger brother and his wife.”

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