On January 22, 2018, Princess Eugenie announced her engagement to her longtime love, Jack Brooksbank. The excitement over another royal wedding was instant, with both British and American fans wondering about the details.
And while no one is doubting that the princess and Jack’s love story is real, the truth is, they may never have met if both of their families weren’t completely loaded.
Who is Princess Eugenie?
For those who don’t closely follow the royal family tree, it tends to get pretty confusing. Princess Eugenie of York is the daughter of Prince Andrew (Prince Charles’ brother) and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She is one of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s grandchildren.
Next: Boy meets girl.
Love at first sight
Princess Eugenie met Jack Brooksbank met over seven years ago, and according to Eugenie, it was love at first sight. “We met when I was 20 and Jack was 24 and we fell in love and we have the same passions and drive for life,” Eugenie gushed in the couple’s first joint interview since the engagement. The proposal happened in early January, with the couple waiting a few weeks to go public with the news.
Next: The meeting.
How they met
Most couples meet at casual get-togethers, online, or through mutual friends. But Eugenie met Brooksbank at a ski chalet at Verbier in the Swiss Alps. Back then, she was still at Newcastle University and he was managing a London nightclub called Mahiki, where Prince William and Prince Harry used to go fairly often. Brooksbank is now a wine merchant and brand ambassador for Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by George Clooney.
Next: This couple has hit the slopes many times since.
The family chalet
Apparently, Brooksbank is a master of the slopes, and the princess love to ski as well. The pair has returned to the Swiss Alps many times, and in fact, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew even bought a luxury chalet for them and their friends to enjoy.
Next: Skiing in the Swiss Alps doesn’t come cheap.
The price of the couple’s introduction wasn’t cheap
Skiing is not a cheap snow sport, and skiing in the Swiss Alps is incredibly expensive. Equipment rentals, gondola rides, food, and accommodations are more expensive there than they are in the USA, and it’s safe to assume neither Brooksbank or the princess stayed in a budget-friendly hotel. People that meet their mates at places like this are typically not in the lower income bracket.
Next: The posh proposal.
The fairytale proposal
The couple’s proposal is also the stuff dreams are made of … unless you’re very wealthy. Apparently, Brooksbank popped the question in Nicaragua while the couple was on vacation. But it wasn’t a fancy restaurant or resort where he got down on one knee … Brooksbank proposed to his princess in front of a volcano and a beautiful lake.
Next: True love is priceless.
Their love is real
They may not be able to relate to the struggles of the lower class, but that doesn’t mean the love between this royal couple isn’t genuine. They appeared beaming and excited in their engagement interview, both expressing their great joy at spending their lives together. And if there has ever been any drama between these two, they’ve kept it out of the spotlight — the couple has survived a lot of time apart, including a long-distance romance in 2013 when she worked for Paddle8 in New York. Despite its expensive beginnings, this love appears to be priceless.
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