In "Romeo and Juliet" what is the relationship between the Prince and Mercutio?

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The play never specifies what the familial relationship is between Mercutio and the Prince.  The reader can probably assume that they are cousins or uncle and nephew; Mercutio would not be his brother or his son because Mercutio would then have a title.  Since he does not have a title, the relationship would not be that of immediate family although it is clear that the Prince is close with Mercutio because he is very upset when Mercutio is murdered by Tybalt and does not kill Romeo (he is more merciful) because he was avenging the death of his own kinsman.

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