Princess Eugenie hides heartache over father-in-law’s death at baptism

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Princess Eugenie with husband Jack and baby August  (PA Media)
Princess Eugenie with husband Jack and baby August (PA Media)

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were hiding a secret heartache at the royal christenings this weekend after his father passed away.

A joint baptism was on Sunday held for their son August and for Lucas, son of Zara and Mike Tindall, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

The Queen was able to attend after nearly a month’s absence from public duties amid health precautions.

However, it has emerged that the couple were in mourning for Jack’s father George who died last week after a period of illness.

Princess Eugenie arrives at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park (PA)
Princess Eugenie arrives at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park (PA)

A source confirmed his death and said the family were “deeply saddened” by his loss.

Jack’s 71-year-old father last year spent nine weeks in hospital after contracting Covid-19 following a trip to France. His illness became serious enough to require hospitalisation, five weeks on a ventilator and a tracheotomy before he was able to go home.

Eugenie and Jack married in October 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Their son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, was born on February 9 and is the Queen’s ninth great-grandchild.

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