Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children will ‘really appreciate’ Archie ‘later in their lives’

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's children will not have a childhood bond with cousin Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, but will "really appreciate him later on in their lives," it has been claimed.

Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, who turned six over the weekend, and Prince Louis, three, are growing up on the other side of the Atlantic to Archie, one, who moved to California with his parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last year.

Royal author Ingrid Seward has claimed the trio are likely to build a relationship with Archie and his unborn little sister later in life despite their fathers' public rift.

The editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine has predicted the cousins will form a bond as it is "difficult for Royal family members to form friendships outside" of The Firm.

She told Express: "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.

"But they may be friends with Archie when they are older. 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."

The reports come days after a Channel 5 documentary on Zara Tindall and her husband Mike explored the close bond Prince William has with his cousin.

A royal expert said in an exclusive clip shared by OK! online: "Although Zara's not a working royal, she is still a senior member, really, of the Royal family.

"And her relationship with the future king, William, is very close and that closeness was really signified when William made Zara a godmother to Prince George."

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Royal commentator Jennie Bond added: "It's a very close relationship. They're very close in age. They've got an awful lot in common. They've got the same granny, so she's very close to her cousins."

Meanwhile, it is believed that Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are still close with Prince Harry and Meghan following their move to the US.

Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl exclusively revealed to OK! in March that the relationship is one of the only ones that has remained since Harry and Meghan started their new life.

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"Eugenie and Jack are very close to Harry and Meghan," Katie said. "It's actually one of the few close relationships Harry and Meghan have retained in the Royal family."

Additionally, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand in their Sussex biography, Finding Freedom: "Out of all the Queen's grandchildren, Harry and Eugenie have one of the most natural connections."

Meghan touched on her relationship with Eugenie herself in her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which she said: "Eugenie and I had known each other before I had known Harry, so that was comfortable. We're friends with them as a couple."

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