Jack Stamp Brooksbank was born in 1986, making him four years older than Princess Eugenie, second daughter of the Duke & Duchess of York who is widely rumoured to be his fiancé. Though, not having a title he nevertheless has quite a lineage counting among his ancestors Stamp Brooksbank who was a Governor of the Bank of England in the middle of the eighteenth century. Like Princess Eugenie, he can also trace his ancestors back to Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester. In more recent times his great-grandfather, Sir John Spencer Coke, was Gentleman Usher to King George VI.
The couple met some time ago in 2010 in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, with the help of mutual friends, a sport popular with quite a few of the young Royals. Unlike his father, and many of the Royal family Jack is not an Old Etonian, but in fact was educated at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. Rather than go on to university, he chose to start work as a waiter. He had excelled in the London hospitality scene and is now a manager of Mahiki in Mayfair, where he has hosted several the younger Royal family including Princess Eugenie, her older sister Princess Beatrice, and Prince Harry. In the past, he has even double-dated accompanying Princess Eugenie, alongside Prince Harry and his previous long-term girlfriend, Cressida Bonas.
His aims it would seem are not wholly restricted to the world of cocktail bars; he is quoted as telling the Daily Mail when he was eighteen that he would love to own a chain of pubs. But what he wants to create is not the world of pool tables and Sky Sports on a large screen, rather Sunday Roasts being eaten by a roaring log fire – something he has happy memories of.
Jack though is also potentially joining a very important and influential family, and one that he should make a good impression on, the older members as well as those he has entertained and skied with. It is reported that he has met the Duke and Duchess of York a few times and they already treat him like one of the family. There are also reports that he and Princess Eugenie met with HM The Queen during celebrations at Balmoral for Prince Harry’s birthday. Speaking of Prince Harry, perhaps we should wonder whether the timing of any wedding between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank needs also reflect anything Prince Harry may have planned in the near future?