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Princess Eugenie exits the UK as Meghan and Harry prepare move into Frogmore Cottage

The Sussexes are heading back to their British home base.
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Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, have traded in their home at Frogmore Cottage in favour of Portugal ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s arrival in the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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The Sussexes – who have loaned the pair their 5-bedroom home as they reside in their $11 million mansion in California – have reportedly renewed their release for the property, indicating that they could be planning to visit the UK more frequently and a “signal that they aren’t going to disappear,” as per a source that spoke to The Sun.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously moved into Frogmore Cottage ahead of the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in April 2019, before vacating the property to start a new life in the USA.

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Harry and Meghan are said to be excited to return to the UK. (Credit: Getty)

“By agreeing to extend the lease, and with Jack and Eugenie focusing on Portugal, they have a firm presence smack bang in the middle of Windsor court where it’s all happening,” the source told The Sun.

“They can now come and go any time they please. The coming year could be one of the most tumultuous in royal history and the Sussexes are making sure they have a foothold in Windsor.”

Harry and Meghan – along with their son Archie, three, and daughter Lilibet – are set to return to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee during the national service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Meanwhile, Eugenie and Jackie, along with their 18-month-old son August, had reportedly decided to make the move to Portugal after Jack landed a plush new job with businessman Mike Meldrum, with his new role including sales, marketing and promotion for Maldrum’s private 300-house private resort.

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Eugenie and Jack have relocated to Portugal. (Credit: Instagram)

The resort is said to boast 300 homes and an 18-hole golf course, a spa and an equestrian centre.

A source said: “Jack is now working for Mike Meldrum and they are splitting their time between Portugal and London. It’s a very exciting time for them.”

Meanwhile, despite alleged rifts between the royal family and Meghan and Harry in previous years, the pair are said to be delighted to return to Harry’s homeland ahead of his grandmother’s exciting milestone.

“The couple are nothing but excited about coming here because it is a moment that’s very much about the Queen to them,” Omid Scobie told Foreign Press Association journalists in London.

“This is about celebrating the Queen’s life, her 70 years, not about celebrating the institution but very much someone that’s important to them, and I think, for them, they’re excited to be a part of it.”

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