Signs are pointing to another upcoming Royal wedding. It was recently rumoured that Princess Eugenie and her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank were ‘set to marry’.
Now the likely engagement is looking even more probably, as the 26-year-old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth took a trip with her boyfriend to Balmoral Castle to stay with Her Majesty.
The couple spent the weekend to attend a shooting party Prince Harry was hosting for his 32nd birthday.
It will have been a busy weekend at Balmoral as Prime Minister Theresa May made her first visit to the holiday home as well.
An insider spoke to The Express about what this may mean: “You could call this weekend a rite of passage for Jack.
“There is no way he would be invited to stay with the Queen unless he was being welcomed into the royal fold and the bosom of the family.
“Jack has met the Queen before but these few days will enable her to get to know him much better and see what he is like as a prospective member of the family.
“Eugenie doesn’t have to ask the Queen for permission to marry but she obviously wants her to be happy with her choice of husband.
“These relaxed weekends are the ideal way to break the ice.
“Prince Harry is very close to Eugenie and of course will be her neighbour at Kensington Palace.
“He is hosting the shooting weekend and making sure that everyone is having a great time.
Harry is the perfect guy to make Jack feel at home and not too nervous in the presence of the Queen.”
Princess Eugenie is eighth in line to the throne, so she will not have to ask permission to marry. The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 changed the law so only the six people closest to The Queen must gain her acceptance.
The Express also spoke to a friend of Jack: “You could say he was somewhat apprehensive about going to Balmoral.
“But Jack has no side to him and will just be himself. He’s the sort of chap who doesn’t have any enemies and I’m sure he will make a good impression.”