The Bizarre Reason Why BBC Refuses To Air Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding and Everything Else We Know

We are standing in the midst of royal wedding mania. Now that Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially tied the knot, it’s time for their cousin, Princess Eugenie to get her moment in the royal spotlight. Princess Eugenie is set to marry her long-time love, Jack Brooksbank in a lavish ceremony on Oct. 12, 2018. The lovebirds will tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same locale that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex settled on for their May 2018 wedding.

However, that’s where the similarities between the two royal events of the year will end. Even though the princess is royal by blood unlike her new cousin-in-law who used to be a Hollywood actress, and even though her wedding will likely be even plusher, the public just isn’t as interested in the princess’ romance. In fact, BBC just announced that they would not be airing the ceremony for a pretty bizarre reason. Find out why the network is shunning Princess Eugenie’s wedding (page 12) and every other detail we know about her big day.

1. Seven years in the making

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York | Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Like Duchess Kate Middleton who had some time to adjust to Prince William’s very public life, Jack Brooksbank, who happens to be a wine merchant has been deeply embedded into royal life. He and the princess had been together for seven years before getting engaged.

The duo met back in 2010 in Verbier, Switzerland while they were both on holiday. They’ve been inseparable ever since. They were even long distance for a time when Princess Eugenie moved to New York City for work.

Next: An overlapping engagement 

2. A delayed announcement

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York | Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival

When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle announced their engagement in Nov. 2017, it sent the world into a wedding frenzy. It may have even been more dramatic than Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William’s engagement announcement several years prior.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank announced their engagement on Jan 22, 2018, via the Royal Family’s Twitter. The statement read, “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.”  In the dead of winter and just after the holidays, the announcement didn’t exactly strum up a massive amount of global excitement.

Next: All about the ring 

3. A massive rock

Princess Eugenie Announces Engagement to Jack Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie wears a ring containing a Padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds | Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring was, however, the talk of the town. Reminiscent of the one Princess Andrew gave to her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York. The ring is a pinkish-orange oval padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds.  Apparently, Brooksbank and the princess designed the ring together after their engagement.

Brooksbank told BBC, “Why I loved it so much is it changes color from every different angle that you look at it, which is what I think of Eugenie. She changes color, and it’s just so amazing.”

Next: Bigger than Meghan and Harry 

4. A very royal event

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank attend the Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2016 in London, England.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have been together for some time. | Heathcliff O’Malley – WP Pool/Getty Images

Princess Eugenie’s big day is set to be a lot bigger than her cousins. Though Oprah Winfrey won’t be in attendance, the princess and Brooksbank have invited 850 people to their wedding. Markle and Prince Harry only had 600 guests in attendance.

In addition to their friends and family inside the chapel, the couple has also invited members of the public to celebrate inside the Precincts of Windsor Castle.

Next: A very regal code of dress

5. A strict dress code

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York| Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Though most of the guests at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s big day dressed appropriately, there were a few guests whose choice in wardrobe raised more than a few eyebrows. Since their wedding was in May, things were a bit more lax. However, for the princess’ fall nuptials, guests are required to adhere to a strict dress code.

Men will be required to wear a morning coat and women are requested to wear a dress and hat. The Brits do really enjoy their hats.

Next: Two celebrations 

6. Multiple receptions

Princess Eugenie of York attends a Special Garden Party

Princess Eugenie of York | Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images

Taking a page from their cousins’ book, the Princess and her beau will be having multiple receptions. Since the pair will be married on a Friday, the queen will host a formal afternoon reception at Windsor Castle. In the evening the young couple will head to the York family home, Royal Lodge, for an intimate reception.

Next: Bloody Marys and fair rides 

7. A carnival of love

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York| Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Though Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had a beer pong table and a reception in a glass structure, we think Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank might top that by miles. The Saturday after their wedding the newlyweds will have a festival and funfair themed party at Royal Lodge.

According to the Sunday Times, “There will be dodgems and funfair rides, coconut shies, lots of food stalls, loads of cocktails, Bloody Marys for the hangovers and a festival vibe.”

Next: A £2million budget 

8. A hefty price

Princess Eugenie attends a lunch after the National Service of Thanksgiving as part of the 90th birthday celebrations for The Queen at The Guildhall on June 10, 2016 in London, England.

Princess Eugenie attends a lunch after the National Service of Thanksgiving as part of the 90th birthday celebrations for The Queen at The Guildhall on June 10, 2016 in London, England. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Though the royal family will be coughing up the dough for Brooksbank and the princess’ three receptions, taxpayer dollars will also come into play. Taxpayers will foot the bill for security, which is expected to exceed £2million.

On the bright side, this is a lot less than the amount of money it took to protect Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle on their big day.

Next: Feelings of resentment 

9. Haters gonna hate

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Many folks are pretty displeased with the fanfare and the enormous expense of Princess Eugenie’s wedding. They believe that since she is ninth in line for the throne after her uncle, cousins, and sister, she should have a much cheaper and less massive wedding, especially since she doesn’t carry out any royal duties.

We say that since the royals are footing most of the bill, the princess should be allowed to have whatever her heart desires.

Next: Mrs. Brooksbank

10. A change in title

Princess Eugenie at a charity event

Princess Eugenie at a charity event| Princess Eugenie via Instagram

Though she doesn’t carry out any royal duties, Princess Eugenie will still be able to retain her title of Her Royal Highness after she is married. However, she will also be able to take on her husband’s name if she chooses to. The BBC reported, “[Princess Eugenie] will keep her royal title when she marries Mr. Brooksbank, but she will have the “option” to take his last name, meaning she could become HRH Princess Eugenie Brooksbank.”

This would be the first time she actually has a last name.

Next: Drama from mum and dad 

11. Parental antics

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson attend the Virgin London Marathon on April 25, 2010 in London, England. on April 25, 2010 in London, England.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson attend the Virgin London Marathon on April 25, 2010 in London, England. on April 25, 2010 in London, England. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Hopefully, the royals will be on their best behavior at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, but it’s well-known that some of the family doesn’t care for Princess Eugenie’s mother, Sarah, Duchess of York. Though she and Prince Andrew have been divorced since 1996 they are still very much a couple and even live together.

In fact, the princess’ mother is overly thrilled about the wedding. She’s been posting about it all over her social media accounts. Princess Eugenie said, “I do understand why mothers cry at weddings now. All my life I thought, “Oh, what’s she crying for?” It’s lovely; it’s a great day.”

Prince Andrew is also very pleased. A royal insider explained, ” The Duke of York has insisted his daughter’s wedding must be a huge occasion to be remembered and wants everyone to get on board to celebrate the happy couple.”

Next: A snub from BBC

12. Drama with BBC

Prince Andrew, The Duke York (L), Sarah, Duchess of York (R) and their daughter, Princess Beatrice, following her graduation ceremony

Prince Andrew, The Duke York (L), Sarah, Duchess of York (R) and their daughter, Princess Beatrice, following her graduation ceremony | Ian Nicholson-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Typically, the wedding of the queen’s granddaughter is a massive event, but apparently, the BBC doesn’t think so. The network has decided not to air Princess Eugenie’s nuptials. The big bosses believe that the wedding would be massive ratings flop, and they’d rather not take the chance.

An insider told Daily Mail, “From the outset, the instruction from the very top was that Eugenie’s wedding must be televised. The BBC was approached because they have a special relationship with Buckingham Palace and a formula that works. But they turned it down because they don’t think enough people will tune in and that there isn’t enough support for the Yorks.”

Next: A prince’s demand  

13. Prince Andrew’s intervention

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

Princess Eugenie’s father who only wants the best for his daughter tried to intervene with the BBC demanding that the event is broadcast for the nation to see. Unfortunately, the BBC couldn’t be bothered.

A royal insider explained to Daily Mail, “The feeling at the Palace is that the BBC has dropped the ball. At the end of the day, this is going to be a huge Royal Wedding, with all the senior members of the Royal Family in attendance. But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it on air.”

Next: Pushing back 

14. BBC’s statement

Princess Eugenie, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England.

Princess Eugenie, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Though the BBC won’t be televising Princess Eugenie’s wedding, they did make an official statement saying, “There will be news coverage of the wedding across our services.” Luckily for the royals and those who are eager to watch the big day, ITV might step in at the last minute.

Next: One last hope. 

15. ITV to the rescue?

Princess Eugenie arrives at Canongate Kirk on the afternoon of the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Philips on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Princess Eugenie | Chris Jackson PT/Getty Images

Prince Andrew is not about to let his youngest daughter’s big day go unrecognized. He’s now looking to strike a deal with ITV, but nothing has been set in stone yet.

A spokeswoman for the Palace told The Sun, “The media arrangements for Princess Eugenie’s wedding have not been made public yet. We will do so in the next few weeks.”

We guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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