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This Is Why Princess Eugenie's Friends Think She 'Deserves Her Moment In The Spotlight'

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'Eugenie is very close to Harry, and she knows how the system works'

The second royal wedding of the year is just around the corner, with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's upcoming nuptials taking place on 12 October.

The couple have been somewhat criticised in the press, as many have claimed the cost is somewhat excessive - the security bill alone is estimated at £2million, and Eugenie's wedding party £100,000 - but a family friend has come forward to defend the royal, claiming that she deserves her moment in the spotlight.

Speaking anonymously to Vanity Fair, a source said to be close to Eugenie said: “It’s my understanding that Eugenie and Jack decided some time ago that they wanted to get married, and there was some talk about a wedding in 2017, but they had to wait for Harry to go first.

"The feeling among the Yorks is that she deserves her moment in the spotlight and a big royal wedding with all the frills.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in May of this year, and the source says Eugenie's news took a back seat in favour of her cousin's.

Despite this, the source has insisted there are no bad feelings between the two. "Eugenie is very close to Harry, and she knows how the system works.”

Reports that Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank were planning an engagement started circulating as early as August 2016, during which time Prince Harry was dating Meghan Markle.

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As Price Harry is sixth in line to the throne, and Princess Eugenie ninth, royal protocol dictates that his engagement announcement should take precedent over hers.

Although Eugenie's wedding is by no means the media spectacle Harry's was, she is nevertheless set to outdo her cousin by attendance numbers.

They have invited around 850 friends and family members to their ceremony at St George's Chapel, which is where Harry and Meghan wed.

Celebrities including Elton John, Robbie Williams and James Blunt are expected to attend.