The Biggest Difference in How Archie Will Be Raised Compared to William and Kate’s Children

The newest member of the British royal family is here! Little Baby Sussex aka Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was introduced to the public earlier this month.

With loving parents and a pretty famous extended family, how will Archie’s life compare to that of his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and adorable little Prince Louis?

Archie’s differences started with the birthing announcements

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Little Archie may only be a few weeks old, but his parents have already gone about doing things a bit differently with their little miracle. When we look at how Kate Middleton and Prince William introduced their children, the differences become quite apparent.

First off, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to go the modern route with their birthing announcements. They utilized their brand-new Instagram account to spread the news to the masses.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did things the old fashioned way for their primary method, official announcements via Kensington Palace. 

Archie’s differences continued with the first official baby photos

Markle let the world know that she had no intentions of sticking to the typical royal schedule when it came to Archie’s first photos. Photos are usually snapped right on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing just hours after the birth.

That’s how Middleton did it, and that’s how Princess Diana did it many moons ago. When it came to Baby Sussex, Markle wanted to have some private time together with her little family before going public.

While Middleton had her photos taken just a few hours after giving birth, Markle waited two whole days for her photo op. 

But quite possibly one of the biggest differences is in who is holding the newborn in the mementos. For the Cambridge family, Middleton is holding the children while for the Sussexes, Harry is the one walking down the hall with Archie in his arms.

It’s a nod to Markle’s feminism nature and alludes to a family life where Prince Harry will be raising his child just as much as Markle will.

Royal lineage will play a big part in Archie’s upbringing

Little Archie will most likely never be king. While little Prince George doesn’t know it yet, he will be the royal ruler of the United Kingdom someday. His little brother and sister are also in the direct line to the throne. Archie, on the other hand, does not sit on this invisible line, making him unlikely ever to take on the hefty title. 

Not only is Archie currently 7th in line to the throne, but he’s not even a Prince according to current royal rules. He may not even have a honorary title! That’s okay though, he certainly won’t be the first to do without it. Princess Anne opted out of titles for her children, Peter and Zara Phillips (Tindall), a decision that her daughter was quite happy for later on in life.

“I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”

How will these things affect Archie’s childhood?

Archie’s low place on the totem pole means his upbringing is bound to be much laxer then Prince George, and even Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Most likely he won’t have to be groomed rigidly as he gets older like his older cousin Prince George.

While the Cambridge children will eventually begin to take on more royal duties as they get older, Archie probably will have very little to none under his belt.

It looks like Archie should be looking at it a relatively normal upbringing even though his father is a Prince and his mother is one of the most talked about royals today.

There is one thing in Archie’s corner that makes him stand out though, even among his super royal siblings. He’s the first mixed-race baby to be brought into the Royal family! Only time will tell how that will affect his standing, but he’s bound to be the topic of many conversations, just like his beautiful mother.