Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is in the midst of a lot of change in his life. He now lives in an $18 million mansion in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their son, Archie .
The move comes after the couple’s decision to step down as senior members of the British royal family. But through all of life’s ups and downs, Harry’s had the support of his family. Keep reading to see photos of Harry and his cousin, Princess Eugenie of York, that prove the two have always had a close relationship.
Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie are close in age
Born in 1984 to Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Harry became part of the royal family before Eugenie came along in 1990. Because they are relatively close in age, Eugenie and Harry grew up together.
They, along with their siblings Princess Beatrice of York and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, would go on family vacations. Plus, their mothers were good friends meaning Eugenie and Harry were thrown together a lot.
They used to be neighbors
Eugenie and Harry have spent a lot of time together. They both attend major royal family events. The Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday parade, Trooping the Colour? Eugenie and Harry are there. The Royal Ascot? They’re on the guest list. And when they’re not showing up at the same royal engagements, they see each in a more relaxed setting.
Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, used to be next-door neighbors with Harry and Meghan. According to AD, Jack and Eugenie made Ivy Cottage their home ahead of their October 2018 royal wedding.
Located on the grounds of Kensington Palace, it’s near Apartment 1A, the home William shares with his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Ivy Cottage is next door to Meghan and Harry’s former residence, Nottingham Cottage. That means at one time it’d been easy for the cousins to get together over dinner or hang out in their downtime.
Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie’s no longer have a ‘strong bond’
The Telegraph reports Megxit has put a strain on the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with Eugenie. Things supposedly came to a head when Meghan and Harry singled out Eugenie and Beatrice on their Sussex Royal website.
The couple wrote they should be allowed to work outside the royal family, citing Eugenie and Beatrice as examples. The statement means, according to royal expert Camilla Tominey, “cousinly bonds that were once so strong” are being put to the test.
She went on to call Harry Eugenie’s former “partner in crime.” Tominey also wrote “both having reputations in the family for their cheeky sense of humour and propensity to giggle during stuffy state occasions.”
Megxit aside, Harry and Eugenie’s may have been drifting apart earlier than 2020. We’ll have to watch and see what happens between the cousins as they forge ahead with their lives.