Prince Harry accused of challenging William – ‘Fed up with being the spare to the heir’

Prince Harry and William 'still have distance' says host

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Royal biographer Angela Levin said Prince Harry was creating a new, “Californian way” of being a royal and doing good. But in doing so, he may be competing with his closest relatives, she warned.

Appearing on The Andrew Pierce Show, Ms Levin said: “I think all this laying down laws is part of his determination to be a royal but in a very different way, a Californian way, where he is the person who is going to continue Diana’s work more than anyone.

“I was quite shocked when he was saying, ‘there’s a large part of Diana in me and she thought the world would be changed by youth, and she loved the youth, and Meghan and I are doing exactly this.

“I thought ‘hang on, he’s making the speech that puts William second’.”

The brothers put on a united show on Thursday when they appeared relaxed with one another during the much-anticipated unveiling of the statue of their mother in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.

They also chose to release a joint statement rather than delivering two different speeches – a move appreciated by Ms Levin.

However, she said “there’s so much that’s gone on” in the run-up to the private event because, she believes, the Duke of Sussex was “fed up with being the spare to the heir”.

The author added: “He’s competing with his brother and his father to be the better royal and more like Diana.”

Nevertheless, Ms Levin conceded the brothers “behaved so impeccably” during their first public reunion since April 17, when they attended the funeral of Prince Philip.

Harry spoke about Diana and how much he has taken after her in the docu-series he co-produced, The Me You Can’t See.

Speaking about his struggles in his late 20s to accept his role in the Firm, the Duke of Sussex said: “Towards my late 20s I was starting to ask questions of ‘Should I really be here?’.

“And that was when I suddenly started going: ‘You can’t keep hiding from this’.

“Family members have said ‘just play the game and your life will be easier’.

“But I’ve got a hell of a lot of my mum in me.

“I feel as though I’m outside of the system but I’m still stuck there.

“The only way to free yourself and break out is to tell the truth.”

Just days before unveiling the statue of Princess Diana with his brother William, Prince Harry also spoke about the Princess of Wales’ legacy in a speech paying tribute to the recipients of the 2021 Diana Award.

As noted by Ms Levin, the Duke of Sussex said to believe young people have the power to change the world, much like his mother did.

He said: “Later this week, my brother and I are recognising what would have been our mum’s 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of you all for living an authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others.

“Our mum believed that young people have the power to change the world.

“She believed in your strength, because she saw it day in and day out.

“And in the faces of young people exactly like you, she witnessed a boundless enthusiasm and passion, and I, too, see those same values shine through.”

Mentioning Meghan, Harry added: “Meghan and I fundamentally believe that our world is at the cusp of change—real change—for the good of all.”

Harry left for the US the day after the unveiling of the statue of Diana.

But he is now reportedly planning to return within a few weeks to attend “a more extensive celebration of the statue”, according to a source who spoke to the Sun.

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