The Queen's Lesser-Known Teen Grandson Looks Like Prince William's Twin

Sep 22, 2022 by apost team

There were several key moments during Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, including Kate Middleton honoring Her Majesty and the late Princess Diana. But there's another moment that took the internet by storm when viewers noticed the uncanny resemblance between Prince William and another member of the royal family. 

The late Queen Elizabeth II had four children with her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Then, the royal family eventually grew bigger after eight grandkids joined them several years later and another 12 great-grandkids after another couple of years. By the time the queen passed away in September 2022, she had left a formidable family ready to take on the royal succession for generations to come. 

According to Biography.comPhilip met his future wife, Elizabeth, for the first time in 1934, when both families attended the marriage of his cousin to Elizabeth's uncle and met once again when Elizabeth's father, King George VI, was crowned. They began their relationship when Elizabeth was still a teenager, and their relationship continued to become stronger through the years. In 1946, Prince Philip asked Elizabeth to marry him.

Before Philip got married to Elizabeth, he was required to give up his titles and succession to the throne in Greece. He did so willingly and took on his mother's surname Mountbatten, and ever since, remained steadfast in his service to his country. Philip served with the Royal Navy during World War II and continued his active service until Elizabeth's accession to the throne on February 6, 1952.

Philip and Elizabeth celebrated their 73rd anniversary in November 2020 and were devoted to one another throughout their lives. They embodied the meaning of true love, and their unconditional and unwavering support for one another was an inspiration to many people over the years. 

Prince William, Kate Middleton (2010). (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

In an oft-quoted speech on the date of Elizabeth and Philip's 50th wedding anniversary in 1997, the late queen called her husband her "strength" and reiterated the same thoughts in her own photo tribute to her late husband, which was posted to the official royal Instagram account. 

Many people have brought up the idea that Elizabeth potentially died of a broken heart, having to be without her late husband for so long. According to ABC.Net, this isn't a completely outlandish idea, as research has shown that a person's risk of dying increases in the first 30 days following a loved one's death. 

Australian heart surgeon Nikki Stamp said it has a lot to do with stress:

"What we know is that for some people the stress of losing a loved one, or any kind of stressful event in your life, does precipitate a whole bunch of reactions in the physical body as well as in your mind that can cause disease and sometimes cause someone to pass away."

According to Express, Dr. Deb Cohen-Jones said that "broken heart syndrome" could have played a role in the queen's death. "From a physiological point of view, the loss of Prince Philip would have caused her severe stress, peaking her cortisol levels, and leaving her body to deal with that," she said.

Paul Burrell, the queen's ex-footman, spoke about her grief. "She sorely, desperately missed him and he's waiting for her in St. George's Chapel in Windsor and she will be beside him very soon," he said.

However, this is no concrete evidence that this was the actual cause of Elizabeth's death. There has also not been an official announcement of the cause behind the queen's death.

Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor (2022), (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

While the queen surely experienced a great amount of grief following Philip's passing, she is now reunited with her loved one.

When the queen was laid to rest in September 2022, one of the members of the royal family caught the attention of eagle-eyed fans. He is the queen's youngest grandson, James, Viscount Severn. Several spectators pointed out that he bears an uncanny resemblance to his cousin and the eldest son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana, Prince William. People first took notice of him when he joined his sister and six cousins during a 15-minute vigil at Westminster Hall.

One Twitter user said Viscount Severn looked exactly like William 25 years ago. "Extraordinary viewing. How in sync were William and Harry? James looked so much like William in 1997. That was history," the Twitter user wrote. Another netizen said that his face looked almost the same as William's during Princess Diana's funeral. "Couldn't help thinking how much James Viscount Severn with his teen floppy hair looked like William at Diana's funeral," the Twitter user remarked. 

James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, or simply James, Viscount Severn, was born on December 17, 2007, at the Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, Surrey, United Kingdom. His dad is Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Fortar, while his mom is Sophie Rhys-Jones. He is 14th in the line of succession to the British throne. 

While he may seem like a fresh face to some, the 16-year-old Viscount has actually made several appearances in the past. He also supported the Marine Conservation Society in 2020 for the Great British Beach Clean. He also made his first overseas participation in 2015 when he joined his parents on a trip to South Africa.

Indeed, the royal blood runs in his veins – and it shows!

Prince William, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II. Konstantinos II, Lady Susan Hussey; Alexandra, Natalia,Norton Knatchbull, Lord Romsey. (1997), ( © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

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