How Prince William and Prince Harry’s differences are part of a four-generation pattern

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ROYAL siblings can never avoid being compared to one another on anything from their dress sense, their behaviour or their achievements but it seems what one Windsor may lack, their brother or sister will possess in a perfect balance of characters.

The long history of royals contrasting with their family members was drawn up by Prince Philip in series 3 of Netflix’s hit drama The Crown when he said for every “dull, dependable one” there would be a “dazzling, dangerous other”. The Duke of Edinburgh’s character, played by Tobias Menzies in the Netflix series, opened up the longstanding theory that as they grow up, royal-blooded youngsters appear to be almost the opposite to their sibling in many ways. William, 37, has always been considered the sensible and steady older brother while Harry, 35, was the nation’s party-loving prince. 

Although the Duke of Sussex’s wild days appear to be behind him as he has settled into his new roles as husband and doting father for years his late-night antics and even a run-in with the paparazzi were the subject of headlines. 

William has always cut a more formal figure to Harry when carrying out royal engagements. 

The father-of-three takes his duties and his future calling of King seriously and last week it emerged he has been attending private meetings to prepare for what will happen when his father ascends the throne. 

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Prince William and Prince Harry are often seen as polar opposites (Image: GETTY)

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Prince William has always taken his duties seriously while Prince Harry was the party-loving royal (Image: GETTY)

William’s eldest child Prince George, who is third in line to the throne, is known to look reserved and rather shy in front of the cameras while Princess Charlotte appears like a natural lapping up all the attention. 

During a visit to their mum’s garden at the Chelsea Flower Show last summer George, six, appeared to enjoy the wilderness corner but did not say much. 

His four-year-old sister on the other hand could not contain her excitement, exclaiming “oh la la!” in front of the snapping cameras. 

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Charlotte displays cheeky antics by sticking out her tongue at fans on the Isle of Wight (Image: GETTY)

And as the pair were led by their father Prince William to the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace last summer to watch Prince Louis be christened George remained silent while Charlotte told a pack of photographers, “your’e not coming!” 

The Princess is also known for her cheeky antics and was caught playfully sticking her tongue out at well-wishers at The King’s Cup Regatta on the Isle of Wight. 

William and Harry’s father Charles, 71, was also no stranger to being compared and contrasted with his younger sister Princess Anne as the pair grew up together. 

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Prince George often appears shy in public (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen has always been sensible and stoic while Margaret was a party-lover until her last days (Image: GETTY)

During his early years the Queen’s elder son was portrayed as a young royal lacking in social skills and who had a sensitive personality. 

Growing up with three brothers, Anne was a horse-mad tomboy and seemed more comfortable in front of the spotlight. 

The Crown depicts the now 69-year-old grandmother-of-four as a rebel who loved to smoke and did not shy away from royal etiquette rule breaking. 

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There is an ongoing pattern of royal siblings having contrasting personalities (Image: EXPRESS)

And this pattern extends even further, which the Queen, 93, and Princess Margaret noted for their different characteristics. 

The monarch has always been seen as the stoic, dutiful sister while Margaret was the fun-loving rather carefree one who loved nothing more than letting her hair down and enjoying a few drinks at a party. 

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Princess Margaret was a lover of Scotch, cigarettes and a lively party (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen and her sister enjoyed a close bond but led very different lives (Image: GETTY)

Margaret, who died in 2002 at the age of 71, and the Queen are depicted as polar opposites in The Crown. 

The sisters reportedly enjoyed a very close relationship but led completely different lives due to the direction their roles took them in. 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK