The couple will marry in St George’s chapel on October 12, and although the wedding won’t be televised and will be a much smaller royal affair, there’s still a good deal of public interest in the happy occasion.
Who is Princess Eugenie?
Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and the Queen’s second youngest child, with his now divorced wife Sarah Ferguson.
This means the Queen is Princess Eugenie’s grandmother, and it makes Princess Eugenie 9th in line to the British throne, following her older sister, Princess Beatrice, who is 8th in line to the throne.
The princess has lived most of her adult life out of the limelight, but we do know that she met her long term boyfriend, Jack, when she was just 20, during a ski holiday in pricey Swiss ski resort, Verbier.
During this time she still at university in Newcastle where she studied English politics and history.
They’ve been dating ever since, and even managed to do long distance (reportedly via hours on Skype) when Princess Eugenie moved to New York for two years, to work for art auctioneer Paddle8.
Princess Eugenie now works full time and is a director at Mayfair art dealers, Hauser and Wirth.
Her net worth is said to be approximately 3.6 million, but most of that is family money and held in a trust.
Who is Jack Brooksbank?
Jack Brooksbank is the son of Nicola and George Brooksbank, the latter an accountant and company director. He’s said to be a descendant of the Brooksbank baronet and has a brother named Thomas.
He was educated at Stowe, a private school in Buckinghamshire which costs £12,000 a year, but skipped out on university.
Instead he got a job as a waiter at Chelsea’s Admiral Codrington pub, before joining the Markham Inn where he met one of Prince Harry’s closest friends, Guy Pelly.
It was Guy who helped Jack get a job at infamous Mayfair club, and one of Prince Harry’s old haunts, Mahiki.
With his party years well behind him, Jack is now a wine merchant and an ambassador for George Clooney’s tequila brand, Casamigos.
He’s said in the past that he dreams of opening a chain of pubs one day.
“I have fond memories of Sunday roasts in pubs with log fires, and it’s something I want to recreate,” he reportedly said.
Everything we know about the wedding so far
Jack got down on one knee and proposed to Princess Eugenie at the beginning of the year during a holiday in Nicaragua.
The ring is a beauty; pink in colour and very similar to that of Princess Eugenie’s mother’s ring.
Following the announcement of their engagement, both Princess Eugenie’s parents made comments about their affection for Jack:
“Jack is an absolutely outstanding young man and Eugenie and he have got to know each other over a number of years, and I’m really thrilled for them,” Prince Andrew said following the engagement announcement. “I’m just completely overjoyed for them and wish them every happiness,” he continued.
Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, also shared her enthusiasm for her future son-in-law on Twitter this morning. “We love Jack and I am so excited to have a son,” she wrote.
It’s also been reported that Princess Beatrice will be Princess Eugenie’s maid of honour.
The soon-to-be married couple currently live in Ivy Cottage, a three-bedroom house in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are their neighbours.
Unlike Harry and Meghan, who are more senior in the royal pecking order, Princess Eugenie doesn’t have to partake in royal engagements which means she’s allowed her own Instagram account, which you can follow here – @princesseugenie.
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