Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Kids Don’t Need to Have Childhood Bond With Archie Harrison, Royal Expert Says

The royal family is a tight-knit one. Its members are extremely private and keep a circle of very close friends and family. 

However, Archie Harrison, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, seems isolated from the rest of his royal loved ones. Some onlookers wonder if he would ever create a friendship with the kids of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Yet, a royal expert says the Cambridges children don’t actually need such a close childhood bond with Archie.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their kids
Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their kids | BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images

Archie Harrison is living far away from his royal cousins

Archie has three first cousins: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louise. He also has a few second cousins as well.

However, while most of the royals live in or near London, Archie and his parents reside in California. The Sussexes moved in March 2020 when Archie was almost 1 year old. He has not been back to the United Kingdom since.

Additionally, the Sussexes are currently not on good terms with rest of the royal family. Sources say there is tension between the two sides, which was exacerbated after Harry and Meghan gave an explosive tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey.

In any case, it seems both physical and emotional distance might be in the way of Archie creating bonds with family members his age in the U.K.

The Cambridge kids don’t need to have childhood bond with Archie Harrison, royal expert says

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Speaking to Express about the distance between the Cambridge kids and Archie, royal author Ingrid Seward said, “I am sure Diana would have wanted her sons’ offspring to be friends as she would have known how difficult it is to form friendships outside the family as people cannot be trusted not to let some indiscretion slip out.”

Nevertheless, Seward believes the children could become closer to each other as they get older, especially because the Cambridge kids don’t exactly need that bond with Archie now.

“They may be friends with Archie when they are older,” Seward said. “How cool to have a Californian cousin who is going to be such a dude as Archie. So exciting for them to go and stay with him too and vice versa. So they may not have the childhood bond, which they really don’t need as they have lots of little friends, but they will really appreciate Archie later on in their lives.”

Are the Cambridge kids close with their other cousins?

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Based on various reports here and there, William and Kate’s kids do see their other cousins often.

In particular, according to Hello!, the Cambridges are known to be close with William’s cousin Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike Tindall. Zara and Mike have three children born between 2014 and 2021.

Zara’s brother, Peter Phillips, also have two kids who were born in 2010 and 2011.

According to Mike, the young children are known to hang out with James, Viscount Severn. James is technically William and Harry’s cousin, but he was born in 2007 and is close enough in age to the next generation to get along with them.