He's British, he's called Jack and we think he's about 31. All the exclusive insider info on Eugenie's new man...
Hearty congrats to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on their engagement news. Much like the Wendy Cope poem, we wait years for one royal wedding and then two come screaming around the corner at once!
But who exactly is The Firm’s newest recruit, how did he and Eugenie meet and when is their wedding expected to happen?
Here’s everything you didn’t know you needed to know (and probably still don’t!)
(Can we also just take a moment to appreciate The Duchess of York’s Instagram account? Is that Lao Tzu quote, Fergs? Loving your work!)
Who is Jack Brooksbank?
He’s a British chap called Jack Brooksbank! His parents (who we’re assuming are pretty delighted about how things have panned out) are Nicola and George Brooksbanks. The latter is an accountant and company director.
Brooksbank went to the private Stowe School and then decided against University in favour of a career in hospitality (more on that later).
In case you’re wondering (you’re probably not) the name Brooksbank is an old English surname that derives from the Middle English ‘Brikes’ bank – a person who works or lives near a riverbank.
How old is Jack Brooksbank?
What is Jack Brooksbank’s job?
Brooksbank is in hospitality. He started out as a waiter, working at Chelsea’s Admiral Codrington pub and the Markham Inn, where he befriended Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry and his all-weathers friend-in-waiting Guy Pelly.
Brooksbank then moved to manage Chelsea nightclub Mahiki, where every Millennial royal has enjoyed a few Jolly Rogers at some point (K-Middy was a frequent flier back when she wasn’t burdened by the heavy yoke of Royal duty – producing heirs, opening squash courts etc. etc).
How did Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank meet?
Eugenie and Jack began dating nearly seven years ago after meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. ‘There was an immediate attraction and since that meeting, they have barely been apart,’ a source told the Daily Mail. Other than those two years of long-distancing they did when Eugenie moved to New York in 2013, eh trusted Daily Mail source?
How did the couple get engaged?
At the beautiful private island resort of Calala in Nicaragua over the New Year. A step up from Prince Harry’s decision to pop the question to Meghan Markle after a roast chicken dinner at their cottage (Calala Vs. Chicken Cottage? We’re Team Calala).
What’s Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring like?
Very pretty! A blush-colored padparadscha sapphire ring (nope, us neither) nestling in a ring of diamonds, worth (sorry to be vulgar) between 7 and 10 thousand pounds. It’s strikingly similar to her mother Fergie’s ruby and diamond engagement ring – as the beady-eyed royal experts at Majesty Magazine were quick to point out.
When is the Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wedding?
In Autumn 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where Meg and Harry are also tying the knot on 19th May.
P.S: Beatrice, if this isn’t a golden opportunity to upstage all proceedings (including your sister) with another octopus hat, we don’t know what is.