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Meghan Markle gave a sweet insight into Harry’s special bond with his son Archie yesterday as snippets of her upcoming children’s book The Bench were released. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son also marks his second birthday this week, but celebrations were unlikely to have included many of his royal relatives, who live hundreds of miles away from his California home in the UK. Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed; A Mann of his Century, said Diana would have wanted Harry’s children to be friends with William’s offspring while growing up.

She added Diana would have known “how difficult” members of the Royal Family find forming relationships outside the Firm as “people cannot be trusted” and so they need to support each other.

But she also highlighted how Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, may not bond with Archie until they are all older due to their fathers’ current strained relationship.

Ms Seward told “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.”

Harry spoke of having “space” from William during his bombshell interview with Oprah in March.

He was interviewed for the two-hour CBS special alongside Meghan as they shared their reasons for dramatically quitting their roles as working royals last year.

The Duke added he felt trapped in the Royal Family and shared his “compassion” for his brother and father Prince Charles being unable to leave their roles.

He said: “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”

Harry also said he was on a “different path” with his brother, who will one day be king.

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“We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths.

“The relationship is space at the moment. And time heals all things, hopefully.”

William was the first royal who spoke out publicly after the interview was aired, as he said: “We’re very much not a racist family”.

The Queen issued a statement saying “while some recollections may vary”, the issues would be taken “very seriously”, but dealt with privately as a family.

Since quitting royal life, the Sussexes have started a new life together in Montecito, California, and also signed contracts with Netflix and Spotify, thought to be worth more than £100 million.

Meghan’s latest venture now explores family bonds, despite the couple’s reported tensions with both the Royal Family and also her own father, Thomas Markle, whom she has barely spoken to since her 2018 wedding to Harry.

The Duchess, who is expecting a daughter in the summer, said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.

“That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.

“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make-up, as much as it does with mine.”

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