Queen Elizabeth II's 'second family' exposed as monarch 'had lots of fun' with ...

QUEEN ELIZABETH II felt she "had a second family" when she had Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, according to royal commentator Ayesha Hazarika.

PUBLISHED: 22:17, Tue, Sep 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:17, Tue, Sep 1, 2020

The Queen, 94, felt a lot of pressure during the early years of her first two children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were born in 1948 and 1950 respectively, as she ascended the throne in 1952. While Prince Andrew and Prince Edward came almost 10 years after with the former born in 1960 and Edward in 1964. In the Channel 5 documentary titled 'Edward & Sophie: The Reluctant Royals?', journalist Ayesha Hazarika explained how the Queen was able to dedicate more time to her younger sons.

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She said: "I think it's felt that the Queen had so much pressure on her when she had her first two children.

"When Andrew and Edward came along later she almost felt like she had a second family and that she had a bit more time to dedicate to them."

Royal biographer Angela Levin added: "By the time Edward was born she felt much more relaxed with him and when they were together, they would have lots of fun.

"He would be used to her being around."

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Queen Elizabeth IIThe Queen felt she "had a second family" when she had Princes Andrew and Edward (Image: SPLASH)

Queen Elizabeth IIThe Queen was able to dedicate more time to her younger sons (Image: GETTY)

Narrator Glynis Barber said: "The shift in the Queen's parenting style was plain to see as was her soft spot for Edward."

It comes as royal editor Robert Jobson highlighted how the Prince of Wales has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting in the past few years as the Queen can't be expected "to continue at the same pace".

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Jobson said: "He is certainly the

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