Palace insiders are said to now be referring to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s pregnant cousin Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank as the ‘Fab Four’. This is despite Meghan Markle, Harry and Kate and Prince William always being dubbed the ‘Fab Four’ when the Duchess of Sussex first joined the fold.
But following a breakdown of relations between the Sussexes and Cambridge’s in recent months, insiders have turned to Meghan and Harry’s new friendship.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are said to have developed a “close bond” after Meghan and Harry started dating four years ago.
So much so, Meghan and Harry are now subletting their sprawling Frogmore Cottage to the pair, who are expecting their first child, while they live in the US, according to .
It follows the breakdown in Harry’s relationship with his older brother and sister-in-law with whom he was once close with following his bombshell decision to step down as a senior royal.
Meghan and Harry announced after “many months of reflection and internal discussions” they would be stepping back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family in January.
This prompted many commentators to link the decision to the demise of the so-called “Fab Four” with Kate and William.
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A source told Prince Harry had developed a “close bond” with his cousin and daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Eugenie.
They said: “Senior royals were initially blindsided by the idea for Harry and Meg to let Eugenie and Jack move in.
“Obviously the Queen was told after the couples had spoken about the plan.
“But it is very much a deal done between Harry, Meghan, Eugenie and Jack. There is a close bond between them.”
Reports of a feud between both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and William and Kate have circulated since Meghan joined the Royal Family.
While Prince Harry admitted he and elder sibling Prince William “will always be brothers”, he did little to dismiss rumours of a rift.
The Duke of Sussex made a surprising comment during an interview, admitting he and his brother, Prince William, are on “different paths”.
In an ITV documentary filmed throughout his 10-day tour of Africa with Meghan, Prince Harry claimed he and Prince William are now on “different paths” and have “good days” and “bad days”.