Why It Doesn’t Seem Like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Letting Archie Bond With His Cousins

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said on several occasions that they want to create as private of a life as possible for their son Archie. However, some fans have called them out on that after they posted several photos and videos of their son while on their tour of Africa. And now, it doesn’t seem like Archie is spending much time with his cousins, either. Are Harry and Meghan keeping him away from the rest of the royal family?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Harry and Meghan are raising Archie as a private citizen

When Harry and Meghan first announced that they were expecting, rumors swirled that the two didn’t want their son to be raised the way Harry was raised. Harry grew up directly in the spotlight and has always wished his life could have been a bit more private. It makes sense that he wouldn’t want his own children to grow up the way he did, if he can prevent it. While Archie is still royalty and will definitely be well known as he ages, Harry and Meghan opting to forego a royal title will allow him to live a bit more like a regular citizen.

A royal expert says the baby didn’t meet his cousins for the first two months of his life

When Meghan and Harry wanted to start a family, Harry and Prince William decided it would make more sense to split their royal households, since their royal duties would grow increasingly different through the years. Harry and Meghan also decided to move from Kensington Palace to Windsor Castle, since it was a bit more out of the way from the limelight and would allow for more privacy. However, when Archie was born, Harry and Meghan didn’t rush to have him meet his cousins. According to royal expert Emily Andrews, the Cambridge children didn’t meet Archie until two months after he was born, which seems odd for a family that has always been so close. 

The Sussexes don’t seem to be spending much time with the Cambridge family

The public has hardly seen the Sussex and Cambridge families get together since Archie was born. Kate and Meghan attended a charity polo match together to watch William and Harry play, but for the most part, Archie remained in Meghan’s arms and wasn’t very close to the Cambridge children (in Meghan’s defense Archie was still very young at the time). Since then, the children haven’t been seen playing together or traveling back and forth from one another’s homes, which leads the public to believe Archie is not spending much time with his cousins.

The main reason for that could be that Harry and Meghan have a very different schedule from William and Kate, or perhaps they are simply very protective of Archie since he is still so young.

Harry likely wants his son to grow up close to his cousins

Though it doesn’t look like Archie is bonding much with his cousins right now, that will hopefully change as he gets older. Harry grew up having a very close relationship with his cousins, and he likely wants that for his own children. But since Harry and Meghan are doing their best to keep him out of the spotlight, they might intentionally be waiting for Archie to get older before establishing a strong relationship with his cousins.