Prince Harry talks of “sibling rivalry” between Archie and Lilibet

prince harry talks of “sibling rivalry” between archie and lili
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Prince Harry has given fans a rare glimpse into his family life, sharing a comment about his two young children: Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana.

During an exclusive interview with ITV's Tom Bradby, the Duke of Sussex said he can see a "sibling rivalry" brewing between his three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter, which he likened to that he had with his own brother, Prince William.

Describing his and William's relationship as being marked by "love but also separation", Harry said this is something which he thinks "will really surprise people". Pointing out how Princess Diana often dressed them the same, Harry admitted that "William didn't like that."

"I seem to remember I found it quite funny," he went on. "But the older, younger sort of sibling rivalry as such, now is only really becoming real to me. For instance, [in my memoir] I talk about the relationship between William and myself at Eton and the fact that he didn't really want to know me, and you know, as the younger brother that sucks."

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He continued: "It's like 'Come on, you left me at Ludgrove and now I'm here at Eton – now we're at the same school, let's go'. He didn’t want anything to do with me and that hurt at the time."

Directly referencing his own children, the Duke added: "But now, well the gap between me and William is very similar to Archie and Lili, and to see Lili obsessed with Archie and Archie like 'No, no Lili, I need my space, I need my space' – now I get it."

"I get how irritating the younger sibling can be to the older sibling," he admitted. "But in the moment, at the time, I didn't really grasp that, I didn't really realise it."

Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace are yet to comment on the claims made in ITV's Harry: The Interview.

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