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Prince Harry may stay with Eugenie at Frogmore when back in UK for Prince Philip funeral

Prince Philip's 'greatest legacy' discussed by royal expert

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Prince Harry, 36, plans to return to Britain following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip, 99, on Friday. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral is expected to take place next weekend and Harry is due to travel back to the UK to be with his royal relatives during their time of mourning.

Harry and Meghan ditched Britain for California after quitting the Firm last year.

The Sussexes have been based in Montecito, Santa Barbara with their one-year-old son Archie Harrison since last summer and are currently expecting their second child, a daughter, who is due to be born this summer.

Despite relocating to the USA, Harry and Meghan have held onto the royal residence they were gifted by the Queen following their wedding.

Frogmore Cottage in Windsor is where the Sussexes were based during their final months in Britain and where their son Archie spent the first few months of his life.

The five-bedroom home has been on loan to Harry’s beloved cousin Princess Eugenie, 31, and her husband Jack Brooksbank since before Christmas.

Eugenie and Jack recently became parents after welcoming a son August Philip Hawke to the world on February 9.

They are expected to remain at Frogmore for the foreseeable future and it seems likely Harry will stay with them when he returns to Britain for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Princess Eugenie, her sister Beatrice, 32, and Prince Charles, 72, are among Royal Family members Harry is said to have spoken to following Philip’s death on Friday.

A royal insider told the Mirror: “He said he wants to be with everyone and was already making arrangements to come home.”

Harry is said to be extremely close to his cousin Eugenie, who is the first Royal Family member he introduced to Meghan Markle when they first began dating.

Touching on Harry and Eugenie’s close relationship in his unofficial biography of the Sussexes, ‘Finding Freedom’, royal journalist and author Omid Scobie writes: “Eugenie had always been more than just a cousin to Harry.

“They were also the closest of friends.”

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Mr Scobie added: “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.”

Given the royal cousins’ close bond it seems likely Harry and Eugenie will find comfort in one another during this sad time.

Meghan and Harry paid tribute to the Duke with a special message on their Archewell website on Friday.

The tribute read: “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021.

“Thank you for your service…you will be greatly missed.”

Harry is expected to make his UK visit alone while his heavily pregnant wife and son Archie stay behind in California.

The Queen has entered a 30-day period of mourning following her husband’s death and will not carry out a single official engagement for the next eight days.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means plans for the Duke’s funeral will have to be heavily revised and the Queen will sign off on the final arrangements in the coming days.

Philip was known to abhor any kind of fuss and made it clear that he did not wish to have a state funeral.

Instead, a private ceremony is due to be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, a short distance from the castle.

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