Eugenie ‘acting as go-between for Harry and William’ at Prince Philip’s funeral

Princess Eugenie is believed to be the key peacemaker between Prince Harry and Prince William having formed close friendships with them both when they were children.

When Prince Harry arrived in London on Sunday for Prince Philip's funeral there was speculation surrounding where he would stay during his trip.

As it turned out he has bunked up with Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank at Harry's former home Frogmore Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate.

The Evening Standard has reported that the Duke of Sussex's choice to stay with Eugenie, or “Youj” or “Bouj” to her friends, is no coincidence.

The fact Eugenie is a closed confidante to both William and Harry makes her the perfect go-between for the two brothers, it's said.

While Harry and Meghan may have lost touch with some members of the Royal Family Eugenie has maintained a "special relationship" with the couple.

Royal commentators Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand explain in the Sussex biography Finding Freedom., that Harry and Eugenie have one of the "most natural connections".

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The pair wrote: “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).”

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“Eugenie also struggled to carve out her own identity growing up”.

"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.”

Eugenie is also uniquely placed as she knew Meghan before she met Harry, and during the Oprah Winfrey interview, the duchess confirmed their closeness.

“Eugenie and I had known each other before I had known Harry, so that was comfortable. We’re friends with them as a couple,” she told Oprah.

Before moving to Frogmore House Eugenie and Jack were neighbours to William and Kate at Kensington Palace and reportedly socialised often.

There are rumours that William and Harry have already spoken on the phone before he landed in the UK. It's also claimed William was instrumental in the decision not to wear military uniforms at the funeral to ensure Harry's blushes were saved.

On Wednesday it was announced that Prince William and Harry will not walk side-by-side behind Philip's coffin.

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