Princess Eugenie has the royal seal of approval as her engagement is announced. Photograph: Reuters
Not everyone approves of this princess’ wedding. She’s going ahead with it anyway
After announcing the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the royal family is expected to tread the same path when it comes to Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
While Markle remains the subject of raucous satire over her favoured style, the flower arrangements for Eugenie’s service are a case in point of the respect afforded to the princess and her cousin by marriage, Prince Andrew.
In a statement to the Press Association, Kensington Palace said: “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
Eugenie, 28, will marry Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in October, the second member of the Royal Family to announce her engagement in the space of a few months. Her mother Sarah Ferguson recently announced her engagement to younger son Justin, but Jack’s engagement followed the death of the prince’s father, the businessman and Ritz hotelier Prince Andrew.
With Donald Trump expressing no qualms about Meghan and Harry’s ceremony, Andrew and his wife Fergie, face few drawbacks in a wedding that will doubtless be heralded as the wedding of the decade.
Princess Eugenie’s confirmation as an independent-minded royal is a source of vexation for some advisers close to the Queen and Prince Philip. To most people, the American divorcee is a mere accessory.
Markle, on the other hand, was made the guest of honour at a royal engagement in October and was feted as ever, earning the accolade from both her husband and her future in-laws.
Eugenie will marry next year at the Queen’s Windsor estate, where she had an eight-year relationship with the Mexican businessman Caspar Jopling.