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Queen felt ‘responsibility’ for sister which forced her to become ‘old before her time’

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Her Majesty recently lost her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in April after he passed away in his sleep. She spent eight days in mourning and was seen at the funeral service, shedding a tear alongside her closest relatives and family. It was a heartwrenching moment as it was the first time a royal funeral had taken place during the coronavirus pandemic, and millions watched as the Queen sat alone with a mask on in a bid to follow Government guidelines. However, Her Majesty is said to be “looking forward” to “taking more royal duties” on, and she will also be celebrating her platinum Jubilee next year.

The Queen is the longest-reigning monarch, who has led by examples for decades.

This, however, maybe something that the Queen deems to be natural.

In the Netflix documentary ‘Elizabeth and Margaret: Love & Loyalty’, royal historian Professor Kate Williams talks about the closeness that the Queen shared with her young sister Princess Margaret, and how important their relationship was.

She said: “From a very young age Elizabeth always saw herself as a mother to Margaret. She was always responsible for her and I think that their relationship made her old before her time.”

She also explained that the Queen’s father King George VI did not “have a very happy childhood” because “his father was strict” – and “nannies were cruel to him”.

This prompted King George to ensure his girls and his wife, the Queen Mother, all had a close bond that was very loving.

Although when the Queen was preparing to become Head of State, the dynamic among the sisters changed because the Queen “needed resources”, which included “education on Europe’s constitutions”.

Royal historian, Dr Ed Owens, also appeared in the documentary and explained how this affected Margaret and how she handled being in her sister’s shadow.

Dr Owens explained: “We know that Margaret felt a bit left out and in later life, she enrolled into a school because she feels that she has missed out on so much.

“So there was a sense of ‘my sister is getting everything’ and that she [Margaret] was just an afterthought.”

Currently, the Queen’s grandsons are embroiled in a royal rift that has seen Prince Harry accuse the Firm of neglect.

Royal commentator, Rebecca English warned that the Sussexes continuation of accusations is leaving the Firm at a “tipping point”.

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Ms English said: “The Palace has always gone with the never complain, never explain approach.

“Can we really expect that to carry on? Surely there will be a tipping point?”

In March, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared in a two-hour ‘tell-all’ interview with Oprah Winfrey where they detailed their reasons for leaving the Royal Family.

Ms English added: “The Palace genuinely don’t want to get drawn into a public slanging match with Harry and Meghan.”

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