It is quite difficult to find someone who is not fascinated by royalty. It’s true that monarchs all over the world don’t exercise as much political power as they did in past centuries, but don’t be fooled; they still have so much influence, perhaps more than you would like to believe. The British Royal Family, arguably the historic high point of all the world’s monarchies, never ceases to impress with its longevity. At the head of the Matriarch of the House of Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II, some members of the Royal Family have enjoyed the limelight more than others, some on purpose, some without their efforts. Some have intentionally slipped below the radar almost unnoticed over the years. One of these reticent members of the Royal Family is Princess Eugenie of York.
Early Life and Family Background
Princess Eugenie was born on 23 March 1990 as Eugenie Victoria Helena at Portland Hospital for Women and Children London. She is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. Eugenie is the third of four granddaughters of Queen Elizabeth II and the tenth in the succession to the throne of Great Britain. Her father, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As regards her royal title, Eugenie is referred to as “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York”.
Eugenie was baptized in St Mary Magdalene’s Church at Sandringham by the Bishop of Norwich and is the first royal baby to be baptized publicly; the others before her were private ceremonies. She is also the only one among the Queen’s grandchildren who were not baptized at Lily Font. She and her elder sister Princess Beatrice are the only products of the union of her parents.
When she was only six years old, her parents ended their marriage in a much-publicized divorce. Unlike most chaotic divorce cases, her parents’ separation was handled with minimal resentment, with both parties receiving joint custody of the children. Much later in life, Princess Eugenie praised her as “the best-divorced couple” she knew.
At the age of 12, Eugenie underwent back surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London to correct scoliosis. Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine and causes it to bend and twist to the side. She has inserted metal rods into her back to keep her straight.
From 1990 to 1993 she trained at Winkfield Montessori. She then went to Upton House School in Windsor. The Princess also attended Coworth Park School and enrolled at St George’s School. In 2012 she received a combined BA Honours in Politics, Art History and English Literature from Newcastle University.
Princess Eugenie’s Fact Card
What Does She Do for a Living?
Princess Eugenie may be a member of the royal family and the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, but she is practically not a “working queen”, which simply means that she does not perform royal duties on behalf of the Queen, as Harry and William do. This does not mean, however, that she does not attend royal functions. As a non-working member of the Royal Family, she and her sister Beatrice are not entitled to benefits or allowances from the Sovereign Grant or Royal salaries.
Wealth and royalty go hand in hand, and no matter how uninvolved the Princess is in royal affairs, she is inevitably worth a considerable amount of money. After completing her education, the Princess moved to New York in 2013. There she started working for the online auction house Paddle8 as a charity auction manager. She worked for Paddle8 for 2 years before returning to London in 2015.
During her stay in London, she took over the position of Deputy Director of the London gallery for contemporary art, Hauser & Wirth, and has been working there ever since. In 2016, the Princess showed that her love of art goes back to her childhood and that she is willing to continue sharing her passion for art with people.
In addition to her salaries from her profession, Princess Eugenie is also a partner in the Queen Mother’s Trust of 1994, estimated at £19 million (about $25.2 million). While Harry and William have the lion’s share of the money, the Queen’s grandchildren, including Eugenie and her sister, also have a good share.
When her parents separated, Eugenie, Beatrice and her mother Ferguson received about $3.9 million in severance pay from the Royal Family. Of this huge sum, $1.8 million was allegedly invested in trust for the two princesses. Together with her rapidly increasing salary, Princess Eugenie’s net worth is expected to decrease by about $5 million.
Here’s What We Know About Princess Eugenie’s Husband
The princess and her current husband were together for nine years before they settled down as a couple in 2018. Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank began their relationship in 2011 after meeting through their mutual friends in the Swiss resort of Verbier. Jack worked as a nightclub manager and party organizer in London. From there he worked as manager of the famous Mahiki Night Club in Mayfair. Later he moved on and built up his wine business. He is currently a brand ambassador for Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by George Clooney.
Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on 22 January 2018 and their wedding took place on 12 October 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The marriage between Eugenie and her long time friend did not attract any public attention, as the Queen’s consent is not required for the union of the two.
Apart from being a couple, Eugenie and her husband are somehow related. They are both distant cousins since they have a common ancestor: Thomas William Coke, the 19th-century aristocrat and the second Earl of Leicester.
Despite her royal status, Princess Eugenie remains the favorite of the public thanks to her down-to-earth attitude. In her desire to lead a normal life and let people see and accept her without any royal attachment, she has been involved in charitable causes and has traveled to various places to fulfill her dream of helping the needy. She is the patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust and the ambassador of the Artemis Council of the new museum. In October 2019, she was also named patron of Anti-Slavery International.