Archie and Lili will have bond with cousins if parents are close and on good terms12/11/2021
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married on May 19, 2018 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. They welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, 2019. After stepping down as working members of the Royal Family in early 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to Montecito, Santa Barbara in California.
There, they welcomed their second child, a daughter called Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4, 2021.
Archie had roughly seven months in the UK where his cousins Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three would have met him.
But Archie, two, will not remember them and six-month-old Lilibet will not have met any of her cousins as she was born in America.
The royal children, that is, the great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth currently growing up in the UK include the Cambridge children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
They also include Princess Beatrice and Eugenie’s children, 10-month-old August Brooksbank and three-month-old Sienna Mapelli Mozzi.
Also, there are Zara Tindall’s three children, Mia, seven, Lena, three and nine-month-old Lucas.
And finally, there are Peter Phillips’ two daughters, Savannah, 10 and Isla, nine.
A parenting expert, Jo Austin from Tayberry Tuition and Consultancy, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Archie and Lili’s upbringing, and whether or not it will differ from their British cousins.
Jo said: “We work with families who live away from their extended family for prolonged periods of time.
“However, children are usually very sociable together regardless of how often they see each other.
“Archie and Lili will most likely have a similar upbringing to their cousins, albeit in the sunshine of orange county.
“They will still very much be in the limelight, and under a significant amount of scrutiny.
“It’s much easier to keep in touch with family now than it was when I first started working with families 30 years ago.
“Facetime and Zoom are great, should their parents be keeping in touch that way.
“In my experience, as long as the parents are close and on good terms, the children will definitely grow up building the same bond with their cousins as they would if they lived in the same country.
“I believe both Beatrice and Eugenie are still friendly with Harry and Meghan and so the children will keep in touch with their cousins and family through them.
“Depending on which school Archie and Lili go to, I’m sure there will be lots of other children there whose parents are just as famous as, if not more famous than, the Queen of England, especially in LA, should they choose to stay there.
“From our experience, most Los Angeles schools have strict policies in place to ensure that all of their students are treated the same regardless of who they are.
“It will most likely be easier for the children in the US, away from the majority of press attention they would receive in the UK.
“Whilst royal children in the UK attend schools where they aren’t the ‘odd one out’, such as Eton, there will still be intrigue surrounding them by other pupils.”
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