Over the last couple of months, we’ve had a glimpse into the lives of royals after Prince Harry exposed all in his book Spare.

He revealed untold stories about his brother Prince William, his sister-in-law Kate, his dad King Charles and his step-mother Camilla.

But very little was told about his cousins – other than Meghan Markle’s particularly close bond with Princess Eugenie.

In his memoir, the Duke of Sussex shared details of their first encounter, explaining how they got along ‘as if they were sisters’.

So who is Princess Eugenie, and what is her life like compared to the other royals?

Princess Eugenie is the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, making her 11th in line for the throne.

She was born in March 1990, two years after her sister Beatrice, at Portland Hospital in London.

The now 32-year-old studied at St George’s School then Marlborough College before going to Newcastle University to study English Literature and the History of Art.

Unlike her cousins, Eugenie is one of the only members of the family who isn’t a ‘working royal’ – meaning she doesn’t get paid by the Sovereign Grant to show up at engagements.

Back in 2016, it was reported that the Queen had decided not to make Eugenie and Beatrice ‘working royals’ which bitterly divided their dad Andrew with his brother, now King Charles.

As a result Eugenie has a real-job as the associate director of a London art gallery called Hauser & Wirth.


In 2018, she married Jack Brooksbank in a grand ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

More than 850 people packed into the church to watch the couple exchange vows including The late Queen, Cara Delevinge and Robbie Williams.

The pair actually have a very romantic ‘how did you meet story’ – previously confessing to having met eyes for the first time while she was on a royal trip to Switzerland.

She described their meeting as ‘love at first sight’, saying: “We met when I was 20, he was 24. We fell in love. We have the same passions and drive for life.”



On their wedding day she looked stunning in a classy long-sleeved ballgown which was specifically designed by Peter Pilotto with a low back to show off her scar.

At the age of 12, Eugenie had a major operation to correct her scoliosis and has since spent a lot of her time raising awareness about the condition.

In 2020, she shared a picture of her back on Instagram for International Scoliosis Awareness Day on Instagram, writing alongside it: “I just wanted to share my scar and encourage anyone out there who’s gone through something similar to share theirs with me. Let’s be proud of our scars!”


Since their gorgeous wedding, the happy couple have welcomed their first born son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank into the world.

The three of them live in Nottingham Cottage – a cosy two-bedroom property on the grounds of Kensington Palace where Prince Harry lived when he was dating Meghan.

They’re now expecting baby number two and announced the news with a sweet family photograph of August kissing her bump today.

Buckingham Palace said the Royal family is ‘delighted’ and that August is ‘very much’ looking forward to becoming a big brother.

The photograph, which was taken by Jack, shows Eugenie dressed cosy in a woolly hat grinning at August as they stand next to a fence in a leaf-strewn field.

Eugenie wrote: “We’re so excited to share that there will be a new addition to our family this summer.”

The new baby will be born 13th in line to the throne and will be born before the King’s coronation later this year.

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