Prince William will 'relish' bond with Middleton family after missing Archie and Lilibet grow up

Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

William will 'relish' bond with Middletons after missing Archie and Lilibet grow up

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 03/11/2023

- 17:21

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Prince William will "relish" the bond he has with Princess Kate's family, according to a royal commentator, especially after missing Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet growing up.

James Middleton and his wife Alizee Thevenet recently announced the birth of their first son, Inigo.

The young boy is the eighth grandchild of Carole and Michael Middleton, and also a new nephew for both Kate and Pippa Middleton.

Inigo's first cousins include Arthur, Grace and Rose Matthews, as well as Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Mia Tindall, Zara Tindall, Prince William

Prince William enjoys being an uncle


Prince William is not expected to be an involved uncle in Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet's lives, due to his ongoing rift with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond spoke about how the Prince and Princess of Wales approach their aunt and uncle duties.

The commentator said: "Kate is extremely close to her brother and sister, and they all live fairly close to one another.

"I’m sure she will have raced over to see her new baby nephew, we all know she adores babies and probably couldn’t wait for a cuddle.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

Prince William is not involved in Archie or Lilibet's lives


"Her life is so busy that get-togethers can’t happen as often as she would like, but family is incredibly important to her and I’m sure she sees as much as she can of her nephews and nieces.

"I think she will value and encourage the friendship and support that her children’s young cousins can give George, Charlotte and Louis as they grow up together."

Bond claimed Prince William enjoys being an uncle, especially as he is unlikely to hold a comparable role in the lives of Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

She told OK!: "The Middletons have been William’s proxy family for more than 20 years.

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Prince William

Prince William will cherish his bond with the Middletons


"In the crazy royal world he has been born into, Catherine’s family has been his rock, his solid foundation, his role model of a 'normal' balanced domestic life.

"Especially as it seems that William is unlikely ever to play a role in the lives of Harry’s children, he can relish being Uncle to Pippa and James’s brood.

"It’s quite something to think they are growing up very firmly out of the limelight, but they are the nieces and nephews of a future King.

"I’m sure William sees them as much as possible, but his life is incredibly busy and will only get busier."

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