But even though they’re being bumped down the list, the daughters of the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, fare best in terms of royal succession. Indeed, Beatrice and Eugenie are eighth and ninth, respectively, in line to the throne. The youngest grandchildren, Louise and James, children of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, are 12th and 11th. And Peter and Zara, the son and daughter of the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne, sit 14th and 17th in line.
Still, it’s not unusual for royals to play favorites with their grandchildren. After all, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, reportedly adored Prince Charles more than any of his siblings. And the feeling was mutual; he seemingly got along with her better than he got along with his mother. When Charles divorced Princess Diana, it was said that the Queen Mother banned Diana’s name from being spoken in her presence.
Thankfully, the royal family now seems to be free of such dramas. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the Queen’s relationships with her grandchildren. Much is made of her closeness to William and Harry, for instance. She’s taken on a mentor role with William, insiders have often claimed, as he’ll be king one day. In contrast, her relationship with Harry is said to be more casual and fun.