6 Things to Know About Jack Brooksbank's Family Ahead of His Wedding to Princess Eugenie
Princess Eugenie is set to walk down the aisle of St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle when she weds her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, on October 12.
While much is known about the Queen's granddaughter (she's ninth in line to the throne, after all), Brooksbank and his family have remained more under-the-radar. Here are a few interesting facts about them.
THE BROOKSBANK FAMILY HAS ROYAL CONNECTIONS.
Jack, 32, is descended from the Brooksbank baronets, according to the Telegraph. The British hereditary title is directly below baron, with viscounts, earls, marquesses, and dukes above it.
JACK AND PRINCESS EUGENIE ARE DISTANTLY RELATED.
Eugenie's mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, is the great-great-granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke, who is also the daughter of Jack's great-great-grandfather, Thomas William Coke, the Second Earl of Leicester. That makes them third cousins once removed, according to Business Insider. Almost exactly like Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who are also third cousins.
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie attend the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30, 2015.
HIS FATHER, GEORGE, HAS WORKED AS A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AND COMPANY DIRECTOR.
Since 2001, he and his wife, Jack's mother Nicola, have lived in "a gated period conversion in Wandsworth, not far from Battersea Park," a district of south London, the Telegraph reports. Jack and Eugenie live four miles north—at Kensington Palace.
THOMAS, JACK'S YOUNGER BROTHER, WORKS IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FOR A LONDON-BASED ASSET MANAGEMENT FIRM.
Thomas and George Brooksbank at a London charity event in November 2014.
"Tom manages U.K. investor relationships," his biography on the Troy Asset Management website reads. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011.
JACK HAS ALREADY ENDEARED HIMSELF WITH HIS FUTURE IN-LAWS.
Sarah, Duchess of York and Jack Brooksbank at Royal Ascot in 2017
Eugenie's mother was photographed with Jack at Royal Ascot last year and posted a sweet tribute to her daughter and her beau following their engagement in January.
And at the annual Chelsea Flower Show, Jack and Eugenie "were part of the Duke of York’s party—and Jack was very much by Eugenie's side throughout," royals photographer Mark Stewart told People. "It was quite a big thing to go to. They looked very happy. [Eugenie's parents] appear to be very fond of him."
No word on whether the Duke and Duchess of York are fond of the elder Brooksbanks as well, but since the couple has been dating for eight years their paths have almost certainly crossed.
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie attend the Chelsea Flower Show press day on May 23, 2016.
JACK'S GRANDMOTHER IS "THRILLED" ABOUT THE WEDDING.
"It’s amazing. I would never have thought it for a moment that it was going to happen and we are all very happy," Jack's maternal grandmother, 91-year-old Joanna Newton, told the Sun. "I never thought he would get married to a Royal.
Newton, who is clearly not afraid to speak her mind, also said Jack is "a charming boy and all that but not the most intelligent."
However, he "has always had lovely manners and has always been a good egg," she added.
Continuing the gush-fest, Newton said, "I would call him ordinary. I wouldn’t say there is anything special about him; he’s a good-looking, nice chap and I think it says a lot about Eugenie that it's him she wants, and it’s lovely."
Newton, who called Eugenie "a very nice, ordinary girl, [with] nothing pompous about her or even Royal about her," plans to attend the nuptials.
"Of course I shall be going to the wedding, I’m granny," she said.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.