Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said farewell to royal life at the end of March this year, choosing to move to North America with their son Archie Harrison. The change was a massive one for Harry, who for the majority of his life had worked as a senior royal, had the comforts of royal life and abided by royal rules.
After first spending time in Canada, the couple opted to move to Los Angeles, close to Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
Now they have officially set down roots in the United States, buying a property in the celebrity hotspot of Santa Barbara.
With all the upheaval of moving countries (twice) and settling down with a newborn, as well as a complete change to the norm, Prince Harry may be missing his family.
This may be especially true as the Duke of Sussex has been unable to return home due to coronavirus and travel restrictions.
Appearing on a recent video call from his Santa Barbara home, Harry, 35, revealed it was indeed the pandemic which had prevented him from returning to the UK.
The Duke of Sussex was taking part in a video call quiz alongside staff and volunteers from the Rugby Football League.
As part of the call, Harry asked one participant if she was okay being on her own while others were in pairs, joking: “If I was you, I’d have the rest of my family on the other side of the camera.”
He then added: “We’ve got a whole Rugby League world cup coming next year. I definitely plan on coming back.
In fact, their bond was so close, Eugenie was one of the first people to find out about Harry’s relationship with Meghan.
This fact was detailed in royal biography Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan, and the making of a modern Royal Family.
Finding Freedom was written by royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand and details the reasons behind the couple’s exit from the Firm, their relationship and future plans away from royalty.
Sources close to the couple including friends and royal aides – all of whom have remained anonymous – gave insight into the Sussexes.
On Harry and Eugenie’s relationship, the biography said: “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.
“It’s not surprising, then, that Eugenie was one of the first in the family to know about his relationship with Meghan.”
Eugenie was pleased her cousin had finally found someone he wanted to be with, according to Finding Freedom.
The book said: “Eugenie who’d long wanted to see her cousin settle down and be happy, told friends she loved Meghan and thought she was ‘just the tonic’ for Harry.”
The bond between the two royals dated back to childhood and into adulthood, with both enjoying the party scene at one time.
Mr Scobie and Ms Durand said: “Out of all the Queen’s grandchildren, Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry have one of the most natural connections.
“Like Harry, Eugenie is loyal, honest and great fun.
“The two had many nights out together in London, sneaking into back entrances of clubs, such as Mahiki, where Jack once was manager, or Tonteria, where in one of the VIP cave areas they downed shots from Mexican skull-shaped glasses and a giant frozen margarita (with multiple straws).”
— to www.express.co.uk