Prince Harry ‘overshadowed Eugenie’s birthday with his own announcement’

Prince Harry "overshadowed" his cousin Princess Eugenie's birthday by making his own public announcement on the same day, a royal commentator has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex announced last week that he had landed his first official non-royal job since ending his decade of service with the British Army in 2015 – and the news came on the same day as his cousin Princess Eugenie's birthday.

Australian royal commentator Daniela Elser says Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have demonstrated "overshadowing other royals in a pattern", and this is just the latest in a string of such incidents.

Ms Elser says there is a pattern of Meghan and Harry sharing news on the same day or immediately before or after another royal event.

She wrote in news.com.au : “Poor Princess Eugenie. Sure she’s got an adoring, perpetually ruddy-faced husband who looks like he’s head-over-heels in love with her and an adorable new baby, having introduced son August to the world last month. But jeepers, the 31-year-old just can’t quite catch a break.

“This week she celebrated her birthday, a fact Buckingham Palace marked by sharing social media posts that went so far as to include not one but two emojis, the Windsor-equivalent to shouting with glee from the rooftops.

“However, whatever brief moment basking in the public sun Eugenie might have had was dashed given the very same day, The Wall Street Journal revealed her cousin Prince Harry had gone out and done the previously unthinkable: He’d gotten a job.”

Other examples of their alleged overshadowing, according to Ms Elser, include reports that Harry and Meghan told his family that she was expecting their first child at Eugenie’s 2018 wedding.

In the Sussex biography, Finding Freedom, it was noted that the move “did not go down particularly well with Eugenie, who a source said told friends she felt the couple should have waited to share the news”.

Ms Elser continued to outline another 11 incidents.

One of the most notable being their two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey airing on the same day as the Queen prepared to deliver a speech for Commonwealth Day on March 8.

“The currency the Windsors and the Sussexes both traffic in and need when it comes to their do-goodery is media coverage and social media attention,” said Ms Elser.

She added that almost anything the other royals do will come second in terms of public and press interest "if the dazzling Sussexes happen to be up to something".

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