Queen Elizabeth is expected to have a more relaxed relationship with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie Harrison mountbatten-Windsor.
Kat Hopps, a journalist for Express, noted the fact that Archie will have a more normal life compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
The journalist also said that Her Majesty has a close relationship with her granddaughter, Zara Tindall because she is more normal than the Cambridges. The monarch and Tindall’s relationship is also less formal compared to the Queen’s relationship with her other grandchildren.
When Archie grows up, his life will be more similar to Tindall than his uncle, Prince William. This is because Archie doesn’t have a royal title, and he will never become King unlike his cousin, Prince George. He isn’t also a direct heir to the throne so less might be expected of him.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also expressed their desire to raise Archie as a private citizen, which is something that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis may never get to enjoy.
However, former royal staff Grant Harrold said that it’s unlikely for the Queen to give Archie any special treatments.
“When it comes to all the great-grandchildren, they are all treated the same,” he said.
However, Harrold also said that Archie may be the Queen’s current “favorite” since he’s the youngest and the smallest member of the royal family. Her Majesty and her great-grandson may likely form a special bond because they also live close to each other.
“My experience of being around the royal family is that the Queen treated everyone the same. I never noticed favoritism of one over the other… She’s always been like that, I think we are just noticing things more,” he said.
The Queen is now 93 years old, and she has scaled down on her royal duties. As such, she may be able to spend more time with her great-grandchildren.