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Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry: Book claims ‘party-pal’ cousins ‘closest of friends’

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Princess Eugenie, 30, and Prince Harry, 35, are several years apart in age but have “one of the most natural connections”, according to a new book. Unofficial biography Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand sheds new light on the events which led to Meghan Markle and Harry’s royal step-down as well as how their romance first flourished.

The book is said to have been written with input from those closest to the couple, and according to its authors, Eugenie was the first Royal Family member to get to meet Meghan when her relationship with Harry was still a secret.

Eugenie happened to be in Toronto with then-boyfriend (now husband) Jack Brooksbank in October 2016, when they joined Harry and Meghan for a Halloween Party at the Canadian capital’s branch of private members’ club Soho House.

Eugenie and Harry were the “closest of friends” according to the authors.

Mr Scobie and Ms Durand write: “Eugenie had always been more than just a cousin to Harry. They were also the closest of friends.”

“Out of all the Queen’s grandchildren, Harry and Eugenie have one of the most natural connections.

“Like Harry, Eugenie is loyal, honest and great fun.”

The book claims the royal cousins enjoyed the same party spots growing up together in London.

They write: “The two had many nights out together in London, sneaking into back entrances of clubs, such as Mahiki, where Jack was once 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.)”

They added: “Harry had so much fun at the club co-owned by one of Harry’s close childhood pals, Guy Pelly, he partied there four nights in one week of July 2014.”

As well as their shared love of nightlife, Harry and Eugenie shared some challenges too.

According to the book, Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter also found it hard to carve out her own path growing up.

They write: “Like Harry, Eugenie also struggled to carve out her own identity growing up.”

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“Not being a senior royal, meant that she had to go out into the world and find her own path, which she had done, moving to New York in 2013 to work at Paddle8, the auction house run by Misha’s husband and Harry’s friend Alexander.”

Finding Freedom claims Misha Nonoo was one of the mutual friends who helped set Meghan Markle and Prince Harry up in the first place.

Meghan, Harry and Eugenie were all guests at Misha’s Rome wedding to second husband Mike Hess last summer.

According to Mr Scobie and Ms Durand, Harry values his cousin Eugenie’s “wisdom” and “confided in his cousin when it came to the women in his life.”

They write: “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 is not surprising, then, that Eugenie was one of the first in the family to know about his relationship with Meghan.”

Finding Freedom was published by Harper Collins on August 11.

The book came out a day before it was reported Meghan and Harry have bought and moved into their first home together in Santa Barbara, California.

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