5 Facts About Jack Brooksbank, The Man Princess Eugenie Married
If you, like us, are avid followers of British royalty, you probably know that Princess Eugenie and her longtime sweetheart Jack Brooksbank have finally tied the knot. From her veil-less look to Cara Delevingne outdoing everyone else with her Tuxedo game, the royal nuptials have received its fair share of internet hype—hype that reportedly garnered the princess over 50,000 new followers on her Instagram account after the big day. But viral wedding aside, who exactly is Jack Brooksbank? Here we’ve gathered five facts you need to know about the newest member of the British royal family.
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1. He’s the face of Casamigos, a tequila company co-founded by George Clooney.
With an impressive career in hospitality, Brooksbank has worked in some of the most exciting bars and pubs around—he was at one point the manager of world-famous and exclusive London nightclub Mahiki. Now, he’s known as the European brand ambassador for Casamigos, George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s premium tequila brand. He has dreams to open his own chain of hostelries, inspired by warm memories of Sunday roasts in pubs during his youth.
2. He’s been dating Princess Eugenie for over eight years.
The two first met while skiing on the Swiss ski slopes of Verbier. It was the Duke of York’s 50 birthday, and they had been introduced by mutual friends. There was a time during their relationship when Princess Eugenie moved to New York for work, and the two managed to long-distance through Skype. True love knows no distance!
3. His father was an accountant.
Jack Brooksbank’s father, George Brooksbank was a chartered accountant. He also has a younger brother, Thomas, who is a University of Leeds graduate currently working for an asset management firm based in London.
4. But he does have royal connections.
Jack Brooksbank’s family is actually descended from the Brookbank baronets. A little info on the titles—in British heredity, a baronet is directly below the title of a baron, which comes after viscounts, earls and dukes.
5. He’s actually related to Princess Eugenie.
They’re blood relatives, though very distant ones—third cousins once removed, to be precise. Princess Eugenie’s mother, Sarah the Duchess of York, is the great-great-granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke. Turns out, Lady Julia Coke is the daughter of Jack’s great-great-grandfather, Thomas William Coke the Second Earl of Leicester. This is actually more common than you’d think when it comes to British royalty as Queen Elizabeth II and prince Philip are also third cousins.