What we learned from Princess Eugenie's engagement interview

Princess Eugenie and fiance Jack Brooksbank have opened up about their engagement and wedding.

The pair chatted to the BBC's The One Show presenter Matt Baker in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Matt Baker meeting with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank for BBC1's The One Show (The One Show/BBC)
Matt Baker meeting with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank for BBC1's The One Show (The One Show/BBC)

Here's what we learned:

1. It was love at first sight

Mr Brooksbank revealed they fell in love on a ski trip to Verbier. "We were ski-ing which was amazing. Love at first sight," he said.

Eugenie said: "We have the same passions and drive for life."

Mr Brooksbank added: "We're just very, very excited to spend a lifetime together."

Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace (The One Show/BBC)
Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace (The One Show/BBC)

2. Mr Brooksbank calls his bride-to-be "Eug"

Asked if he felt like a member of the royal family, the groom-to-be said to Eugenie: "It's very, very special to be part of your family now. But no, just Jack and Eug I suppose."

3. Eugenie cried after the proposal during a holiday to Nicaragua

"I was over the moon, crying," she said, adding: "Complete surprise."

Her Royal Highness and Mr. Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month.

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4. The former party fixer went for a traditional proposal

"I did get down on one knee," Mr Brooksbank revealed.

5. The Queen was one of the first to know

Eugenie said her grandmother was very happy and that she was let in on their secret engagement early on.

The Queen and her granddaughter Princess Eugenie on Investec Derby Day (John Giles/PA)
The Queen and her granddaughter Princess Eugenie on Investec Derby Day (John Giles/PA)

She added: "Granny actually knew right at the beginning. She was one of the very few people at the beginning.

"We left her this weekend, and had a lovely time. She was very happy, as was my grandfather."

6. The proposal took place near a beautiful lake

The princess said: "The lake was so beautiful, the light was a special light I've never seen."

7. They designed the ring together and Eugenie has only been wearing it for less than 24 hours.

Mr Brooksbank said: "I went and found an amazing padparadscha sapphire but then didn't want to do anything until Eugenie had signed off on it."

Princess Eugenie wears a ring containing a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Princess Eugenie wears a ring containing a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds (Jonathan Brady/PA)

8. Eugenie has yet to decide on what style of dress she wants

Asked whether she would wear a straight gown or a meringue, Eugenie replied: "I don't know. Maybe a mix of both. Can you do that? Is there such a thing?

"No meringue shoulders - that's a little bit out of fashion - maybe it's in fashion now?  We'll see what happens. Planning will start as of tomorrow."

Eugenie is unlikely to opt for the puffed sleeves chosen for her mother's wedding dress (PA)
Eugenie is unlikely to opt for the puffed sleeves chosen for her mother's wedding dress in 1986 (PA)

The pair will wed in the gothic St George's Chapel, set in the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle, in the autumn.

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