Jack Brooksbank has paid tribute to his future wife Princess Eugenie, calling her a ‘bright shining light’ in an interview on the eve of their wedding.
The Queen’s granddaughter returned the compliment, describing her fiance as ‘so humble and generous’ – and adding that she will ‘run down the aisle’ to meet him.
She later revealed the moment she first saw Jack and the pair fell in love during a Swiss skiing trip, while speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from ITV’s This Morning.
Eugenie said initially thought ‘what a silly hat’ when looking at Jack, but was ‘all butterflies and nervous’ when he came over to say hello, and later rang her mother that night to say she had met a new guy.
During the interview, Eugenie said that the nerves are ‘definitely creeping up on us now’.
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She went on to describe her first encounter with Jack while on the slopes at a friend’ place in Verbier, Switzerland in 2010.
With her fiance beside her, the princess added: ‘I thought, “who’s that?” and then you came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous.
‘I think I rang my mum that night and said “I’ve met this guy, Jack”… and that was it I think about how it started.
‘I remember being like “I really, really like this guy, I really want him to like me too” and then you gave me this huge windscreen wiper wave and that was it, right, he likes me.’
The couple will marry today at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel surrounded by the Queen and other members of the royal family.
Famous faces including Robbie Williams, supermodel Cindy Crawford, David and Victoria Beckham, and George and Amal Clooney, are expected to be among the guests.
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Asked by Holmes to describe each other in three words, Jack said about his future wife: ‘She’s this bright shining light.’
Eugenie was not so succinct and replied: ‘Jack’s the kind of guy, you know when you’re lost at a party and you can’t find anyone to talk to, and you start panicking and you need help? He’ll walk in and make everyone feel so special.
‘He’ll scoop you up and talk to you and make you feel a million dollars… you’re so humble and generous. So humble and generous – that’s two words…’
The princess went on to say her ‘big sissy’ Princess Beatrice was someone ‘I’ve looked up to her whole life’ and that she’s the biggest supporter of ‘team Eug and Jack’.
Asked about the moment she will walk down the aisle with her father the Duke of York, Eugenie replied: ‘It’s nerve-wracking and a bit scary and all the things that come with getting married, but at the end of the day you get to marry the person you love.’
In reference to Jack, she added: ‘And you’re going to be at the end of the aisle, and I’m going to be running towards you!’
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Quizzed about whether his fiancee had become a ‘bridezilla’, Jack said no, adding: ‘Eugenie has been amazing.
‘She’s been incredible, she has the ability to do a million things at once in her brain, including working as well as organising everything to do with the wedding.’
Watch the interview and live coverage of the wedding on This Morning At The Royal Wedding at 9.25am on ITV.