Sunday 16 December 2018

'She’s this bright shining light' - Jack Brooksbank gushes about Princess Eugenie ahead of royal wedding

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were interviewed by ITV This MorningÕs husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters, ahead of their big day on Friday. |: Royal Communications/PA Wire
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were interviewed by ITV This MorningÕs husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters, ahead of their big day on Friday. |: Royal Communications/PA Wire

Tony Jones

Jack Brooksbank has paid tribute to his future wife Princess Eugenie, calling her a “bright shining light”.

The Queen’s granddaughter returned the compliment and described her fiance as “so humble and generous” during a television interview ahead of their wedding.

But Eugenie did reveal the moment she first saw Jack and the pair fell in love during a Swiss skiing trip.

She initially thought “what a silly hat” Jack was wearing, but was “all butterflies and nervous” when he came over to say hello, and later rang her mother that night to say she had met a new guy.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (right), who were interviewed by ITV This Morning's husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters. Royal Communications/PA Wire
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (right), who were interviewed by ITV This Morning's husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters. Royal Communications/PA Wire

The couple were interviewed by husband and wife Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from ITV’s This Morning, who will host a special three hour broadcast of their wedding at Windsor today.

After Eugenie replied “It’s definitely creeping up on us now, the nerves” she went on to describe her first encounter with Jack while on the slopes at a friend’ place in Verbier, Switzerland in 2010.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (centre), who were interviewed by ITV This Morning's husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters, ahead of their big day on Friday. Royal Communications/PA Wire
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (centre), who were interviewed by ITV This Morning's husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters, ahead of their big day on Friday. Royal Communications/PA Wire

With her fiance beside her, the princess added: “I thought, ‘what a silly hat!’ and I thought, ‘who’s that?’ and then you came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous.

“I think I rang my mum that night and said ‘I’ve met this guy Jack’… and that was it I think about how it started.

Britain's Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave Windsor Castle a day ahead of their wedding in Windsor, Britain, October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain's Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave Windsor Castle a day ahead of their wedding in Windsor, Britain, October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

“I remember being like ‘I really, really like this guy, I really want him to like me too’ and then you gave me this huge windscreen wiper wave and that was it, right, he likes me.”

The couple will wed on Friday at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel surrounded by the Queen other members of the royal family and famous faces including Robbie Williams with supermodel Cindy Crawford, David and Victoria Beckham, and George and Amal Clooney expected to be among the guests.

Royal fans in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Royal fans in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Asked by Holmes to describe each other in three words, Jack said about his future wife: “She’s this bright shining light.”

Eugenie was not so succinct and replied: “Jack’s the kind of guy, you know when you’re lost at a party and you can’t find anyone to talk to, and you start panicking and you need help? He’ll walk in and make everyone feel so special.

Princess Eugenie and her fiance Jack Brooksbank outside St Mary the Virgin Church in Frensham, Surrey, after attending the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks (Joe Giddens/PA)
Princess Eugenie and her fiance Jack Brooksbank outside St Mary the Virgin Church in Frensham, Surrey, after attending the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks (Joe Giddens/PA)
Eugenie and Jack pictured at the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton and James Matthews (Justin Tallis/PA)
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

“He’ll scoop you up and talk to you and make you feel a million dollars… you’re so humble and generous. So humble and generous – that’s two words…”

The princess went on to say her “big sissy” Princess Beatrice was someone “I’ve looked up to her whole life” and that she’s the biggest supporter of “team Eug and Jack.”

Asked about the moment she will walk down the aisle with her father the Duke of York, Eugenie replied: “It’s nerve-wracking and a bit scary and all the things that come with getting married, but at the end of the day you get to marry the person you love.”

In reference to Jack, she added: “And you’re going to be at the end of the aisle, and I’m going to be running towards you!”

Quizzed about whether his fiancee had become a “bridezilla”, Jack said no, adding: “Eugenie has been amazing.

“She’s been incredible, she has the ability to do a million things at once in her brain, including working as well as organising everything to do with the wedding.”

Watch the interview and live coverage of the wedding on This Morning At The Royal Wedding at 9.25am on ITV.

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