Archie and Lilibet may have ‘less normal childhood’ than Cambridges – expert

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children may have a “less normal childhood” than their royal cousins, despite the Sussexes’ attempts to seek privacy, royal commentators have claimed.

Since their acrimonious royal exit, Harry and Meghan have released very few pictures or details about their children Archie and Lilibet’s lives, only sharing a full picture of Lilibet as she reached six months of age.

On the other hand, Kate and William’s children – who are older than their cousins – have recently begun to attend royal events with their parents, and attracted attention when they took part in a memorial dedicated to the life of Prince Philip.

Now, speaking on Vanity Fair’s Dynasty podcast, royal commentators Katie Nicholl and Erin Vanderhoof contrasted the different approaches adopted by Harry and Meghan and Kate and William towards the privacy of their children.

“While William has made his children more accessible, almost because he has to, Harry was adamant that he wasn’t going to do the same with Archie and Lilibet,” Katie acknowledged.

“And the problem therein with getting just a glimpse of their little girl is that the media are always going to want a little bit more.

“I think the problem for the Sussexes is that in many ways their obsession with privacy has become problematic.”

On the other hand, she suggested that the Cambridges had negotiated a more sustainable approach to keeping their children out of the spotlight.

“William and Kate recognise that there is an appetite for images of their children. They may not like it, but they know it’s a game they have to play,” she claimed.

“So that is why we get these gorgeous images of their children, often usually taken by Kate.”

“For the Sussexes, because we so rarely see their children, their every move – whether that’s Meghan taking Archie to nursery – becomes news.”

Erin agreed with this assessment and added that the couple’s exit from the Royal Family and subsequent relocation in Montecito may even have increased the Sussexes’ celebrity status.

“I think because the Sussexes are living in this weird rarified world of celebrity wealth in California, the kids might actually wind up having a less normal childhood than the one that the Cambridges are having in England,” she suggested.

Katie continued the thread, noting: “When you think about it, I think George, Charlotte and Louis have a remarkably free and ordinary and dare I say normal life. I think their life is as normal as it gets for the Royal Family.”

But, despite these perceived differences between the now reportedly estranged couples, both commentators agreed that the pairs had decided to “prioritise parenting”, albeit operating in different circumstances.

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  • Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
  • Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor
  • Prince Harry
  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince George
  • Princess Charlotte
  • Prince Louis

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