Prince Harry plays guide for longtime UK friend on California bike ride

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome friend visiting from UK

The Duke of Sussex was spotted cycling in his California neighborhood of Montecito accompanied by his longtime friend Charlie van Straubenzee on May 20. Harry, 37, was dressed casually for the outing in shorts, a jacket and a baseball cap with the California state symbol. of a grizzly on it.

Harry and Charlie met at Ludgrove Prep School and have remained close ever since. Charlie and his wife Daisy Jenks were guests at Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in May 2018, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex later attended their nuptials in August of the same year – on Meghan’s birthday.

Charlie and his older brother, Thomas, are also friends with Prince William. Thomas is one of five godparents to Princess Charlotte.

Prince Harry and Prince William have also supported the charity set up in the name of the van Straubenzees’ late brother, Henry, who died in a car crash in 2002. The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund helps schools in Uganda.

Royals &  &  Celebrities attend the Rugby World Cup

Royals and celebrities attend the Rugby World Cup

Max Momby/Indigo/Getty Charlie van Straubenzee and Prince Harry in 2015

In February, Prince Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie flew to California for a visit, where the couple attended the Super Bowl together.

Harry and Eugenie have had a close relationship since they were children.

“Of all the Queen’s grandchildren, Harry and Eugenie have one of the most natural bonds. Like Harry, Eugenie is loyal, honest and a lot of fun. The two spent many evenings together in London,” wrote authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. in Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Creation of a Modern Royal Family.

“Harry had always confided in his cousin when it came to the women in his life,” Scobie and Durand wrote. “Not only did he trust her implicitly, but friends say she gives good advice and has always been ‘beyond wise’ during her years.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose at the IGF reception during day two of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose at the IGF reception during day two of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Chris Jackson/Getty Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry and Meghan are traveling to the UK next week – with their son Archie Harrison and daughter Lilibet Diana – to join the Royal Family at Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, marking her historic 70-year reign . This trip will be the first time that Lili, born in California last year, will visit her father’s homeland. She will probably even celebrate her first birthday on June 4 during the trip.