Prince Harry’s ‘damaging’ childhood label that Diana ‘tried to shield him from’

Prince Harry suffers from a “damaging” label that has been stuck with him since he was born, a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex – who is the second child of Prince Charles and late Lady Diana – was forced to cope with being called “the spare” to his brother Prince William, who was known as “the heir”.

It was a nickname that Harry struggled to come to terms with and his mother Diana “tried to shield” the young Prince from the term, according to commentator Omid Scobie.

The royal insider said on the latest episode of Vanity Fair's royal podcast Dynasty: “ I wouldn't wish growing up as a child and being called 'the spare' on anyone.

"I think that that is quite damaging. Especially if you think how early the press started calling him 'the spare heir'. I think that was quite unfair".

Fellow royal commentators and Dynasty hosts Katie Nicholl and Erin Vanderhoof agreed the Duke’s position was “very unique” as he had no precise royal future, unlike his older brother William.

Katie claimed: "People all over the country would recognise (Harry’s) face, as much as they would his brother's… but he would never be heir to the throne.”

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She said Harry’s role doesn’t “come with a job description” and the unlucky royal has “had to make it up as he has gone along".

The Duke began to feel aimless after leaving the military in 2015, according to royal author Tina Brown.

She told Lorraine: “Prince Harry served his country, went twice to Afghanistan, he was super brave, it was a great success – his whole military career.

"When he came out, he felt, sort of, route-less, he felt a bit lost".

In recent media interviews, the prince says he still feels the “constant” presence of his mum.

He explained: “It is almost as though she's done her bit with my brother and now she's very much helping me. “

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