The Queen mother was very fond of her two great-grandchildren, William and Harry. In fact, both the royals loved their great-grandmother’s company.
Sadly, the Queen mother left us in 2002. But, there was something she left behind for William and Harry.
The Queen mother left all her fortune for Prince Harry and Prince William. Although, it has been recently revealed that Harry was left significantly more money than William.
And now, we know exactly why.
When Princess Diana died in the year 1997, her fortune was split equally between her two sons. But when the Queen Mother passed away, Harry inherited a substantially larger amount of Queen Mother’s $24 million fortune than William.
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Given the Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne, Queen Elizabeth’s late mother wanted to effectively protect the Duke of Sussex’s financial future in her will.
When Prince Charles becomes King, Prince William will inherit his role as the Prince of Wales. In other words, he will take over the Duchy of Cornwall and all the private estate that entails.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry as the second son will get nothing. While the exact amount Prince Harry inherited remains unknown, a 2002 BBC report says: “The bulk of Queen Mother’s $24 million estate will go to Prince Harry since William will benefit financially by becoming king”.
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So, the Queen Mother effectively gave Harry financial compensation to make up for the line of succession. Following her death in 2002, she left all her estate to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth.
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