Prince Harry heartbreak: The sad reminder Harry hit with after Princess Eugenie baby news


PRINCE HARRY and his wife Meghan Markle are settling in well in their new home in California, but the Duke of Sussex has been reminded of what his move away from the UK actually means.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to California earlier this year after announcing in January they would be stepping down as so-called senior royals. This summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex purchased a massive mansion in the US city of Santa Barbara, an area known for its A-list celebrities.

The couple will bring up their son Archie Harrison, one, at the £11m mansion.

But Prince Harry was faced with a stark reminder recently of the choice he’s made to leave royal life and the UK behind.

Harry’s son will grow up far away from his royal cousins, whom all live in Britain.

On Friday, Princess Eugenie announced she was expecting her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry has moved away from his family (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie Harrison will group up thousands of miles from his cousins (Image: GETTY)

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child (Image: INSTAGRAM: PrincessEugenie)

It read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.

“The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.”

According to People, a sourced said Harry and Meghan had “sent their congratulations privately” to Jack and Eugenie.

But the news will be bitter sweet for the Sussexes.

Eugenie and Jack live in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, and are neighbours with Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

Prince Harry has previously said he wants his son to be “best friends” with William and Kate’s children.

Harry became an uncle for the first time in 2013 when Prince George was born.

According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, “the Cambridge children have actually only met Archie a handful of times.”

In book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claimed Harry “had an image of getting married and spending time with William and Kate, the two couples together, their children best friends.”

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie shared the happy news on her Instagram (Image: INSTAGRAM: PrincessEugenie)

But living more than 5,000 miles apart, and with the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on travelling, this could prove difficult.

A royal insider told The Mirror: “The overriding feeling among the family is certainly one of immense sadness.

“Sadness that Harry and Meghan felt they could no longer carry on inside the family and, of course, huge sadness that the family will not get to see Archie grow up as much as they would have.

“He will miss growing up around his grandparents, his aunt, uncle and, of course, his young cousins.”