According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still close to his cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank despite stepping down as senior royals last year
Before their relationship became public knowledge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoyed one last secret night on the town on Halloween in 2016.
The pair partied away in disguise at a post-apocalypse theme party in Toronto, where Meghan had been filming Suits, just days before it was revealed they were dating.
Meghan recalled the tale last week during her appearance on The Ellen Show and revealed that Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank joined them for the fun night.
And according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Eugenie and Jack are among the few royals that Harry and Meghan still have a warm relationship with after stepping back from The Firm and moving to America.
Katie told OK! : “Eugenie and Jack are very close to Harry and Meghan.
“It’s actually one of the few close relationships Harry and Meghan have retained in the royal family.”
It appears that the bond between Harry and Eugenie has been a long-shared one that goes way back to when they were children.
Both their mothers, the late Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, were close friends, who spent a lot of time together. They even went on holiday together with the children also tagging along, forming the basis of the bond.
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As they grew older, the royal cousins hit the London club scene together and they were regulars at the popular London club, Mahiki, sneaking in the back entrance.
Insiders say that of all of the Queen’s grandchildren, Harry and Eugenie had the “most natural connections” and are the “closest of friends”.
In their book Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim Harry and Eugenie’s roles within the royal family was the base of their close relationship.
They write: “Like Harry, Eugenie also struggled to carve out her own identity growing up.
“Not being in a senior role meant that she had to go out into the world and find her own path, which she has done, moving to New York in 2013 to work at Paddle8, the auction house run by Misha’s husband and Harry’s friend Alexander.
“Harry had always confided in his cousin when it came to the women in his life.
“Not only did he trust her implicitly, but friends say that she gives great advice and has always been “beyond wise” for her years.”
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And due to this bond, Eugenie was one of the first people Harry told about Meghan, and he was keen to introduce them.
Eugenie reportedly told a friend Meghan was “just the tonic” for her cousin.
More recently, since Harry’s move away from the UK to California, he and Meghan allowed Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank to live in Frogmore Cottage at Windsor.
In fact, when Harry travelled back to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral and for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue, he is said to have isolated at Frogmore Cottage with Eugenie and Jack, who have a young son named August, due to Covid-related travel restrictions.
Recently, Eugenie spoke out about her cousin, saying she “wouldn’t presume to give advice to Harry and Meghan, except to say to be happy.”
And when Harry and Meghan announced the birth of their daughter Lilibet in June, Eugenie took to Instagram to congratulate her “dear cousins”.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.