Friday 19 October 2018

Jack Brooksbank's grandmother 'thrilled' over royal engagement: 'I wouldn't say there's anything special about him'

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (L) attend day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30, 2015 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (L) attend day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30, 2015 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their engagement. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York attend the V&A summer party at The V&A on June 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pose in the Picture Gallery after they announced their engagement, at Buckingham Palace, London January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Brady/Pool
Princess Eugenie wears a ring containing a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds as she poses with Jack Brooksbank in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their engagement. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank attend the Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2016 in London, England. The show, which has run annually since 1913 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, is open to the public from 24-28 May. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WP Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie and her partner Jack Brooksbank Picture: PA
Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank attending the End the Silence Charity Fundraiser at Abbey Road Studios, London

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Princess Eugenie's fiance is "not the most intelligent", his grandmother has joked.

Joanna Newton, 91, has spoken affectionately about her grandson Jack Brooksbank tying the knot with the 27-year-old princess, admitting she is "thrilled" about the news and cannot believe he is going to marry a member of the Royal Family later this year.

She told Mail Online: "It’s amazing. I would never have thought it for a moment that it was going to happen and we are all very happy.

"I never thought he would get married to a royal."

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their engagement. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their engagement. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

She quipped: "He’s a charming boy and all that but not the most intelligent and I would never have thought this would happen."

Joanna admitted her 31-year-old grandson and his wife-to-be are both "ordinary" people and insists her relative is a "good egg".

She added: "I just never thought it would go this far her being a member of the Royal Family. But Jack has always had lovely manners and has always been a good egg.

"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.

Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank attending the End the Silence Charity Fundraiser at Abbey Road Studios, London
Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank attending the End the Silence Charity Fundraiser at Abbey Road Studios, London

"I have just met her the once when I went up to London with them for lunch and she was just a very nice, ordinary girl, nothing pompous about her or even Royal about her."

Jack got down on one knee in Nicaragua earlier this month, and Eugenie has admitted his proposal was a "perfect moment".

She said: "The lake was so beautiful. The light was just a special light I had never seen. I actually said this is an incredible moment, and then he popped the question, which was really surprising even though we have been together seven years. I was over the moon. [It was a] complete surprise. But it was the perfect moment, we couldn't be happier."

Jack added: "It was love at first sight. I love Eugenie so much and we are just so happy and over the moon for what is to come."

Princess Eugenie and her partner Jack Brooksbank Picture: PA
Princess Eugenie and her partner Jack Brooksbank Picture: PA

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