Princess Diana once admitted she felt forced to “pour more love and attention” into Prince Harry than William, a royal expert has claimed.
Richard Kay, a royal commentator who was close to Diana, revealed how the princess would often talk to her friends of her “precious boys” – but particularly Harry.
Although she adored them both and she and Charles tried to give them equal amounts of love, she reportedly felt that William had been marked from birth for ‘special attention’ given the fact he will one day be king.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Kay revealed how Diana worried about the treatment younger brother Harry got compared to the future heir to the throne.
“As compensation, Diana poured more love and attention into Harry,” he wrote.
He claims she told him “I have to. Charles and I worked so hard to ensure both boys receive equal amountsof our time and love, but others in the family seem to concentrate on William.”
It is not known who the “others” she is referring to are, but Kay says Diana once told him how she had confronted the Queen Mother over her alleged favouritism.
He wrote: “One day she told me how matters had come to a head with the Queen Mother.
“Harry had complained that whenever he and William visited their great-grandmother at Clarence House, it was always William she made a fuss over and who sat next to her. ‘It’s not fair,’ Harry told his mother.”
Diana’s closeness to both of her sons is something she has always been praised and celebrated for.
She tried hard to make their upbringing as ‘normal’ as possible, telling palace staff to only call them by their first names and not “prince” or “your royal highness”.
A fun-loving mum, she also took them on days out to theme parks and roared with laughter as they got soaked on log flumes.
In 2007, on the 10th anniversary of his beloved mum’s death, Harry said: “She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated. She will always be remembered for her amazing public work, but behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world.”
William has previously spoken about the heartbreak of not having his mother there when he had his own children.
“I would like to have had her advice,” he said. “I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”
Her brother, Charles Spencer, said on the 21st anniversary of her death: “One of the great tragedies is that Diana would have been the best grandmother ever.”
Prince Harry will undoubtedly be sharing some of those feelings after it was announced on Monday he and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together.