Here’s Why Archie Will Be Closer to Prince Louis Than Any Other Royal Cousin

Growing up in the royal family can’t be easy. While it might not be as difficult as marrying into the family (just ask Meghan Markle), it’s still a lifestyle that these children didn’t choose. And while being a royal definitely has its perks, Prince Harry and Meghan have decided they’re going to do their best to give their son Archie as normal of a life as possible. But at the end of the day, he’s still cousins with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids. And with that, we suspect he’ll develop a very close relationship with Prince Louis.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with Archie | Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images

The Sussex and Cambridge children are being raised in two very different ways

Harry and William grew up two peas in a pod. They went through a lot together and were always by each other’s side. But now that they’re adults, their royal roles are becoming more and more different, which means their children won’t all follow the same path. William and Kate are the future king and queen, which means they have no choice but to remain in the public eye. And with that, their kids will grow up directly in the spotlight. For Harry and Meghan, their royal roles are less important, which gives them a bit more freedom in raising their son. Archie is growing up in a much more private capacity than his cousins.

The kids don’t seem to spend too much time together

Right now, the royal cousins don’t seem to spend a lot of time playing together. It could be because of tensions between William and Harry or simply because the royal couples are always on very different schedules. Regardless, royal expert Emily Andrews said that when Archie was born, his cousins didn’t meet him for two months. Since then, Archie has only been spotted with his cousins on one other occasion, which was a charity polo match where Meghan held her baby in her arms for most of the day.

George and Charlotte are of more royal importance than Louis and Archie.

Archie and Louis’ close age and lack of importance will likely help them form a bond

Over time, Archie will start to learn more about his family, and it makes sense that he will eventually form a close bond with his cousin Louis. Archie and Louis have a lot more in common than we think; they’re two boys who are only about a year apart. But their biggest commonality is their lack of royal importance.

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Meghan Markle holds Archie while Prince Louis tries to get his attention | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Of course Archie and Louis important to their families, but from a royal standpoint, they aren’t. Neither Archie nor Louis will likely ever rule — when it comes to the Cambridge children, Prince George is the most important because he’s the future king. Princess Charlotte is adored by the public because she’s the only girl in the family. But Louis’ birth created the least amount of hoopla because by the time he was born, he was the second boy and not the future ruler. The two boys will essentially have the least fanfare of any of the royal great-grandchildren, so they’ll probably use that to form a close bond.