Princess Eugenie Is Already Facing a Typical Wedding Planning Challenge

Eugenie Jack BrooksbankLike so many couples, newly-engaged royal Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, are facing a small setback while attempting to lock down their wedding date. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)

It’s a busy year to be a royal. Newly-engaged Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, are currently securing their wedding date, and already, the to-be-weds are facing a tiny setback in terms of timeline.

The couple, who announced their engagement this week, will marry sometime this fall at St. George’s Chapel at the Queen’s part-time home of Windsor Castle. According to a family member, the lovebirds originally wanted a September wedding date, but the nuptials will likely have to take place the following month due to royal family commitments.

Brooksbank’s maternal grandmother, Joanna Newton, spoke to the Daily Mail this week about he pair’s wedding planning process. “It will be down in Windsor and it will be in October,” the 91-year-old grandparent noted. “[Jack] said ‘We can’t get married in September now, so we will have to get married in October.'”

St. George's Chapel Windsor Castle

Florists put the finishing touches to a decorative hanging baskets outside St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle prior on the day of the Royal wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones. (Photo by Phil Noble – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The reason, it seems, is due to another commitment for royal family members. “They’ve got something else going on then I think so they couldn’t,” Newton said. “So he just said that if they can’t get married in September, they will have to get married in October.”

Prince Andrew also touched briefly on the topic this week, saying the greatest challenge currently is locking down a date that works for the entire family. “It’s now about finding the time and the date and getting it all organized,” Queen Elizabeth II’s son shared Monday, January 22. “I think probably in the autumn some time, is the time every is looking at… We can’t fix a date yet, we’ve got to look at everybody’s diaries—it’s a bit more complicated than that.”

While this has been a slight roadblock for the couple, there’s no animosity between Eugenie and her cousin, Harry. Both grandchildren of the Queen will be marrying their respective partners at the same venue, though Harry and Meghan Markle will wed in May, months prior to Eugenie and Brooksbank.

In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)

The latter couple dated for seven years before Brooksbank, who works for Casamigos, proposed at the start of 2018 in Nicaragua. “I was over the moon,” Eugenie  told BBC 1 this week. “[It was a] complete surprise. But it was the perfect moment, we couldn’t be happier.”

“It was amazing,” Brooksbank added. “I love Eugenie so much, and we’re very happy.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.