The following is an edited extract from Why First Borns Rule the World by Michael Grose.You can purchase it from Booktopia.
His family carries the Mountbatten-Windsor surname, but he and his brother are better known as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, members of the British Royal Family.
The former, Prince William, is second in the line of succession to the British throne, and will inherit various titles and a duchy from his father.
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Prince Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne, with his nephews and niece filling the positions above him.
Harry may have shared the same gene pool as his sibling, experienced similar parenting and received the same education as his brother, but the similarities in family circumstances stop there.
Eldest son William’s life path was mapped out before his birth.
He was born to be king, which is a huge responsibility to carry. His upbringing, education and career paths were designed to fully prepare William for this role.
Harry, on the other hand, although a member of the Royal Family, was born into a position with few of the responsibilities given to his eldest sibling and even fewer privileges.
Harry is in the unenviable position of being born second and also being the youngest in his family – William is the heir and Harry is known as the spare.
While very few people experience the high-profile existence of the British royals, a family with two children of the same gender born two or three years apart is now common.