Sarah, Duchess of York has written an open letter to her daughter, Princess Eugenie, following the news of her engagement to Jack Brooksbank last week.
In the letter published in Hello! Magazine, she candidly reveals her thoughts on the engagement, saying it is “great and happy news.”
Sarah says: “Dearest Eugenie and Jack The Man,
“When you walk into a room, you bring smiles to the faces of all who meet you.
“You both exude kindness, love and goodness.
“Thank you for always making my day brighter and the laughter and happiness you bring to Papa, Beatrice and myself.
“The York Family embraces the magic of Jack totally.
“Exciting times ahead. It is wonderful to see and be part of such great and happy news.”
Last week, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement: “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.