Here’s Why Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Is Going to Be Seriously Uncomfortable for Meghan Markle
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the royal family. With several upcoming weddings, the princes, princesses, and soon-to-be royals are hard at work preparing for their big days. And more recently, everyone can’t stop talking about Princess Eugenie’s engagement.
Meghan Markle will get a wedding invite, of course. But there’s one surprising person going to Eugenie’s wedding who could make it quite uncomfortable for Meghan (No. 13).
1. Eugenie reportedly thinks Meghan and Harry are perfect together
When Meghan and Harry first started getting romantic, they certainly had Princess Eugenie’s approval. The Daily Express reports back in 2016, Harry and Meghan attended a Halloween party with Eugenie and her now-fiancé, Jack Brooksbank. At the time, Harry and Meghan had only been dating for a few months — but Eugenie considered the couple to be “the perfect match.” As one insider says, “Eugenie loves Meghan to bits.”
Next: What do we know about Eugenie?
2. Who is Eugenie?
Eugenie is the youngest daughter of the queen’s son, Prince Andrew. Eugenie isn’t just a princess, however. She also holds down a position as associate director for an art gallery, Hauser & Wirth. She’s been working in this role since 2015.
Next: And her husband to be?
3. What about Jack Brooksbank?
Jack Brooksbank is more than a future husband — he’s a London socialite. He’s a big name in London, renowned for partying and hosting in some of London’s top clubs. He’s even been called “the king of the London club scene.” On top of all that, he’s also brand ambassador for George Clooney’s tequila line, Casamigos.
Next: A romantic meeting
4. How they met
The couple has been dating since 2010. Back then, Eugenie was a student at Newcastle University, where she studied English literature, politics, and art history. They met while skiing at Verbier, a swiss resort. Supposedly, Brooksbank is an impressive skier.
The two royal couples get along well, but the close announcements of their engagements made things dicey.
Next: Eugenie has already had to alter her wedding plans because of the royal couple.
5. Eugenie had to change her wedding date because of Meghan and Harry
It turns out Eugenie’s wedding plans had to change due to Meghan and Harry. Metro.co.uk says Eugenie wanted to tie the knot in September, but Harry and Meghan have to complete duties abroad during that month. For this reason, Eugenie pushed her wedding date to October 12, 2018.
Will this cause tensions between the couples? So far, there hasn’t been any noticeable change in attitudes between them, but other upcoming details may alter this.
Next: Will Eugenie’s wedding venue spark competition between her and Meghan?
6. Eugenie and Meghan are using the same venue for their weddings
Meghan and Harry walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. And oddly enough, that’s also where Eugenie and Jack are saying their vows, People reports. So will using the same venue so close to each other’s weddings spark any controversy or competition?
Sources close to the couples say there’s absolutely no competition between them. And many royal weddings have actually taken place at this particular chapel. Still, tabloids will certainly compare their weddings, which may cause discomfort among the royals after all is said and done.
Venue aside, there could be some major problems with the guest list.
Next: Before Meghan, there’s another uncomfortable situation
7. A decades-long feud still going strong
Prince Philip himself has some apprehension over Princess Eugenie’s wedding. An age-old feud has us expecting some serious discomfort during the wedding.
Philip’s apprehension surrounding Princess Eugenie’s wedding is all about the guest list. Rumor has it that Prince Philip absolutely loathes Princess Eugenie’s mother, Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York.
In fact, his hatred runs so deep that he cannot bear to even have her in his sight. We doubt family photos at this wedding will be stress-free.
Next: Their feud began because of these photos.
8. Look no further than the tale of ’92
Obviously, Prince Philip doesn’t just abhor Fergie for no reason. In fact, his reasons for wanting her out of his sight might be kind of valid. It all stems back to 1992. Fergie married Prince Andrew, the queen and duke’s third child in 1986. But by 1991, their marriage was in shambles.
Divorce isn’t a huge thing for the royals anymore, but before the Duchess and Duke of York announced their separation, Fergie was photographed topless with oil tycoon John Bryan. Bryan was also sucking Fergie’s toes in the pictures. Apparently, no one had the foresight to warn the royal family that the photos were going to be published, so the Windsors found out about them over breakfast while reading the morning newspapers.
Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York separated soon after that, and their divorce was finalized in 1996.
Next: The queen made sure there were no do-overs.
9. A forbidden royal reunion
Though Prince Andrew and Fergie have been divorced for over 20 years, they still live together at the Royal Lodge and are very much a couple. However, when there were talks of the couple officially walking down the aisle again in 2000, the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh explicitly forbade it.
Prince Philip even described Fergie as, “having no point.”
Next: A more recent scandal follows Fergie around.
10. Cash for royal access
If the toe-sucking scandal wasn’t enough to boil the Duke of Edinburgh’s blood, Fergie’s more recent scandal surely made him wash his hands of her completely.
In 2010, the Duchess of York was caught by an undercover journalist who offered her $500,000 for access to the royal family. Fergie was caught on tape pocketing $40,000 in cash as a down payment. How appalling.
Next: Hate is a two-way street.
11. A tyrannical duke
Hatred and ire apparently go both ways. The Duchess of York is apparently no fan of Prince Philip’s either.
A source told The Daily Beast, “She always likes to say how he rules the Royal family with a rod of iron. They loathe each other, to put it frankly.”
Next: A very interesting wedding day
12. Starting off on a bad note
If Fergie wants Princess Eugenie’s wedding to go off without a hitch, she’s already starting off on the wrong foot. As soon as the princess announced her engagement, her mom went on a social media bender, tweeting out a string of cringeworthy tweets that included photos of her daughter and future son-in-law.
One tweet said, “They float with laughter and love .. although a boat helps! #engagement #eugieandjack @TheDukeOfYork @yorkiebea”
A planned BBC interview with the couple was quickly canned when the royals got wind that Fergie was going off the rails, and Princess Eugenie’s father, Prince Andrew, had to step in to effectively muzzle his ex-wife.
But Philip isn’t the only one who’s going to feel uncomfortable. Markle will be right there with him.
Next: Here’s the reason Meghan might be uncomfortable at Eugenie’s wedding.
13. Harry’s ex is slated to be a bridesmaid at the royal wedding
There’s one person on Eugenie’s guest list who Meghan might not be too excited to see. The Daily Mirror speculates Cressida Bonas, Harry’s ex, is absolutely getting an invite. She’s a close friend of Eugenie’s — and the royal may even ask Cressida to be one of her bridesmaids.
Cressida and Harry dated for two years before calling it quits in 2014. Though Cressida did accompany the royal on many official engagements, it seems life in the spotlight became too much for her, thus they split.
However, we now know Markle likely will have no problem seeing Cressida at Eugenie’s nuptials (more on that to come).
Next: Does Cressida have negative feelings toward Harry?
14. Cressida posted a strange message on social media after the news of Harry’s engagement
Cressida and Harry’s split was supposedly amicable. But the royal’s former flame was busily posting some eye-catching photos and quotes on social media following the engagement news in 2017. Fox News reports Cressida, who’s also a model, posted a “jaw-dropping” photo of herself on her Instagram. Not only that, but she also uploaded a message just a day after the news of the engagement broke.
“No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells it all,” the image on her Instagram read. Perhaps the relationship ended on a more sour note than originally thought.
Next: This is where Harry and Cressida were seen together at the end of 2017.
15. Prince Harry was seen at an event with Cressida in December
In December 2017, all eyes were on Prince Harry while he was in attendance at a caroling fundraiser event at St. Luke’s Church in London. E! News reports Cressida was at the same event as well to sing a few holiday tunes. And Meghan Markle was nowhere to be found at the time.
Cressida and Harry arrived separately, of course. And the source doesn’t mention whether they had much interaction, though skeptics wondered why Harry would go without his then newly engaged fiancé.
Next: There was speculation as to whether Cressida would get an invite to Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
16. Cressida attended Meghan Markle and Harry’s wedding
The Daily Express reported prior to the big day that Emily Andrews, a royal expert, said two of Harry’s exes are getting an invite. Andrews says, “Meghan’s a very modern woman, ex-girlfriends are not going to faze her.” She also claimed Harry’s still in touch with Cressida and ex Chelsy Davy, and Meghan may have actually encouraged the invites to both women.
And as we saw on May 19, this was, in fact, the case. Cressida and Chelsy were both in attendance at their ex’s wedding.
Next: He’s not the first
17. Prince William had four exes at his wedding
When Prince William married Kate Middleton, there were four of his exes at his wedding. One of these exes was Jecca Craig, with whom William apparently had a mock engagement. It might seem surprising or unusual, but it’s not a new phenomenon.
Next: The real reason Harry’s exes will be present
18. Why invite exes?
It seems as if the royals invite plenty of exes to their weddings. Why risk the drama? The reasoning behind this is social. The royal family is viewed as a sort of “tight-knit club,” and once you’re in the inner circle, you’re a part of that club. Here, tradition trumps emotion, and inviting exes is possibly a sign of maturity in Harry and William.
Additional reporting by Aramide Tinubu, John Wolfe, and Becca Bleznak.
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