After a seven-year-long relationship, Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York will marry her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.
They will marry in the same venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle whose wedding is set for 19 May.
This morning Buckingham Palace announced: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank.
“Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month.
“The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at George’s Chapel in Windsor with further details announced in due course.”
Because Princess Eugenie is eighth-in-line to the throne, The Queen did not need to give her consent for her marriage to take place. This is reserved for members of the Royal Family who are sixth-in-line to the throne or higher.
Princess Eugenie is not a full-time working royal and does not carry out engagements on behalf of her grandmother. This also means that it is highly unlikely that the wedding will be a public event like that of Princess Eugenie’s cousin, Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, but likely to be a private family affair like that of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.
Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank met at the Swiss resort of Verbier where Eugenie was on a family vacation celebrating her father’s 50th birthday. Mr Brooksbank is now manager of Mahiki, a nightclub in Mayfair but before that, he worked at Chelsea’s Admiral Codrington pub, then the Markham Inn. In a past interview with the Daily Mail, he said that his future dream is to open a line of pubs.
He was born to Nicola and George Brooksbank, a chartered accountant and company director. In his youth, he attended Stowe public school in Buckinghamshire.
As for the role the couple will play after the wedding, it would be unlikely (but not completely impossible) that Mr Brooksbank would be granted a title by Her Majesty, meaning he would remain a commoner.
If he was granted a title, it would likely be a non-royal peerage such as an Earldom, though this in itself is unlikely, as previously explained.
Because a woman takes her husband’s style and precedence unless hers is higher, (which it is), her precedence will not be affected.
She may choose, however, to follow past precedent and style herself as Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank, or even just privately style herself as Mrs Brooksbank. Equally, she may choose just to continue being Princess Eugenie.
Traditionally, female royals drop their territorial designation when they marry, so either way, she probably wouldn’t be referred to as Princess Eugenie of York anymore (rather just Princess Eugenie).
It is believed the couple will live in Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.