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Princess Eugenie has thrown her support behind Meghan Markle because "she wants to make a difference", a royal expert has claimed.
Rumours had circulated that the pair have become embroiled in the latest royal "rift", following a number of occasions when Eugenie was reportedly "upstaged" by the Sussexes.
One such instance came shortly after Eugenie welcomed her first child, a baby boy on February 9 at The Portland Hospital in London.
Five days after Eugenie gave birth, on Valentine's Day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they are expecting their second child – with some accusing the Sussexes of upstaging Eugenie with their announcement.
Eugenie was allegedly left upset after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced her pregnancy at her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
Investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claim Meghan “put her foot in it” in the book Royals at War – even leaving her husband “embarrassed”.
They write: "This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal – stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah."
But, following the launch of Meghan Markle's 40X40 project on her birthday last week, Eugenie was the first member of the Royal Family to sign up and support it.
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The project aims to encourage people around the world to spare 40 minutes of their time to help women re-entering the workforce through mentorship or community service.
"To celebrate dear Meghan’s 40th birthday I’m contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women reentering the workforce," she declared in an Instagram story, before going on to urge others to do the same.
"In the past two years, tens of millions of women around the world have departed the workforce," Eugenie continued. "If you can, please join me and commit 40 minutes to community, service or mentorship."
And now, Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, a US website focused on news about the monarchy, says Eugenie signed up to support the project because she "believes in it".
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She said: "I think Eugenie chose to sign up for this because she believes in the initiative Meghan has set up.
"She wants to make a difference.
"Princess Eugenie has always been close to Harry, so I doubt they've ever lost contact.
"It's telling that Eugenie and Jack are living in Frogmore; I think that shows how close they are."
So far the project has been backed by a host of famous names including Adele, Stella McCartney and Hillary Clinton among many others.
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The Duchess of Sussex announced the new initiative on Wednesday, August 4, while celebrating her 40th birthday.
In a statement, Meghan said: "I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday, I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders to help kickoff a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce.
"With this time, I hope they each help someone advance a professional life on her own terms, and, I hope that they inspire countless others to give 40 minutes of their time as well."
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