Monday 23 October 2017

Princess Eugenie makes rare public appearance with nightclub manager fiancé Jack

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
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank attending the End the Silence Charity Fundraiser at Abbey Road Studios, London
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Eugenie of York (right) attending the End the Silence Charity Fundraiser at Abbey Road Studios, London
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 of York during the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London
Princess Eugenie of York during the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London
Princess Eugenie and and her partner Jack Brookbank arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire
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Princess Eugenie stepped out in style in a rare public appearance with her long-term love Jack Brooksbank.

The 27-year-old royal, who is eighth in line to the British throne, is rumoured to be engaged to the Mahiki nightclub manager after a six-year relationship, but at the time the news broke last year it was reported there no fanfare with a ring, but rather an informal promise to wed within two years.

The pair beamed as they walked the red carpet at the End the Silence Charity Fundraiser at Abbey Road Studios, London alongside Eugenie's mother Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, by their side alongside other famous faces like Mike Tindall, Ronan and Storm Keating and Geri and Chrisian Horner.

They arrived to Pippa Middleton's wedding hand-in-hand last month, but have largely kept their relationship from the public eye.

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

It's believed Eugenie's plan was to first move into a rented three-bedroom flat in Kensington Palace's Ivy Cottage, where her cousin Prince Harry also has a place, and then announce her plans to walk up the aisle.

Damp has been found in one of the rooms in the property and according to the Daily Express, both Eugenie's parents are refusing to pay as they don't own the property and their negotiations with the "powers-that-be" have also come to a standstill over funding.

"The problem is that normally repair work would be done to several properties at once to keep costs down but there are no plans for neighbouring buildings at the moment," a source said.

She currently lives with her sister Princess Beatrice in an apartment in St James' Palace and is embracing a more definitive role in the royal family.

Princess Eugenie and and her partner Jack Brookbank arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire
Princess Eugenie and and her partner Jack Brookbank arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire

Prince William and Harry's cousins have embraced the spotlight in recent months as the younger generation of royals step into more defined public roles, but Eugenie isn't quitting her day job as an associate director at an art gallery.

She said that Hauser & Wirth "is very accommodating and understanding" of her "sense of duty" in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.

"I’ll work until 5pm, then leave to do the engagement. My sister, Bea [Princess Beatrice], and I have charities we’re patrons of," she said.

The youngest daughter to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Eugenie moved from New York to London last year to work with the company.

Princess Eugenie of York during the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London
Princess Eugenie of York during the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London

"I've loved art since I was very little. I knew I definitely wouldn't be a painter, but I knew this was the industry for me," she said.

"I love being able to share my passion for art with people. If someone doesn't understand something, you have the ability to suggest, 'Maybe you can look at it this way.'"

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