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Why Jack Brooksbank Likely Won't Sign a Prenup Before Marrying Princess Eugenie

He's following in the footsteps of Meghan Markle.
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As Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's October 12 wedding swiftly approaches, many unanswered questions about the day remain. But there's one detail regarding their nuptials that we feel pretty certain about: the couple won't be signing a prenup.

Yes, there's a stigma surrounding prenuptial agreements, but the legal documents are designed to protect the assets of both partners in the event of a divorce, so it may come as a surprise that royals don't typically sign one before getting married.

According to Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, prenups are simply not done in the royal family. In fact, even though three of the Queen's four children have gone through divorces, none of them had prenuptial agreements in place. And despite their parents' difficult divorce, it is almost certain that neither Prince William or Prince Harry signed a document when they married their wives.

"I don’t think members of the royal family sign prenuptial agreements,” Nicholl told Town&Country earlier this year.

"It’s commonplace with celebrity marriage, but this is not a celebrity marriage, it’s a royal marriage."

One reason why royals chose to forego an agreement is simply because the majority of the family's fortune and property belong to the Queen and the crown.

"You wouldn’t need a prenuptial agreement to stop Windsor Castle from being cut in half in the event they divorce," Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, said about the royal wedding earlier this year. The residence doesn't belong to Harry, or Eugenie for that matter, so it wouldn't be up for grabs in a separation.

That said, Eugenie does have a sizable bank account of her own. She is reportedly worth $4.8 million, a sum which primarily comes from a trust fund established for her by the Queen Mother.

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But ultimately, prenuptial agreements are not currently legally binding in England, so it's not necessary for royal couples to sign one before tying the knot. After all, matters of royal divorce are handled outside the courtroom and behind closed doors.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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