British Royal Family

"It was the perfect moment!" Princess Eugenie on her engagement to Jack Brooksbank

The blushing royal bride is on cloud nine!

By Bella Brennan

It's official! As Now to Love predicted just a few weeks ago, we're getting two royal weddings in one year!

And now, the Duke and Duchess of York's youngest daughter Princess Eugenie is opening up on the magical moment her husband-to-be, Jack Brooksbank, got down on bended knee during a holiday in Nicaragua in Central American.

The proposal

In the couple's first-ever joint TV interview conducted at Buckingham Palace, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank told The One Show's Matt Baker it was an "incredible moment."

"The lake was so beautiful, it was a special light and I even said 'this is an incredible moment' and then he popped the question, which was really surprising even though we had been together seven years. It was the perfect moment because we knew it was going to end up this way. I was over the moon, crying," 27-year-old Eugenie, who looked resplendent in a recycled floral Erdem dress, explained.

Princess Eugenie also revealed her "granny" The Queen was across Jack's plans to propose.

"Granny actually knew right at the beginning [of the engagement]. We left her this weekend and had a lovely time and she was very happy, as was my grandfather."

"We literally just told out mother and fathers and brothers and sisters and our grandparents," she added.

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Queen Elizabeth knew Jack was proposing to her granddaughter.
Queen Elizabeth knew Jack was proposing to her granddaughter.

How they met

The Princess also opened up about their fateful first encounter, with the pair agreeing it was "love at first sight" after they were introduced by a mutual friend on a skiing holiday to Verbier in 2010.

"This is Jack, we met when I was 20 and he was 24 and fell in love and we have the same passions and drive for life. It's so nice that we get to share this moment with everyone and you get to meet Jack," Princess Eugenie said.

Jack and his bride-to-be were introduced by a mutual friend and it was love at first sight.
Jack and his bride-to-be were introduced by a mutual friend and it was love at first sight.

On THAT engagement ring

Jack, who works in hospitality and is the manager of London hotspot Mahiki nightclub, made sure his wife-to-be's engagement ring was a showstopper.

But not before his half other had "signed off on it."

"It was amazing. I found a ring in a jewellers and then proposed to Eugenie without it and came back and we designed the diamonds around this padparadscha sapphire," he said.

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

"And what's amazing about it is that it changes colour from every different angle that you look at it, which is what I think of Eugenie. That she changes colour and is just so amazing," he mused of the stunning engagement ring, which features sapphires surrounded by a halo of diamonds.

Eugenie admitted she was still getting used to wearing her new sparkler and it was the first day she'd properly put it on.

"It feels very strange to be wearing it. It's very nice," she laughed.

It's thought to be a tribute to her mother who became engaged with a near-identical ring in 1986 and experts believe it costs around £7,000.

WATCH: Princess Eugenie reveals her engagement ring. Post continues...

Eugenie's engagement ring (L) bares a striking resemblance to her mother's (R). When Prince Andrew became engaged to Sarah Ferguson in 1986, he gave her a large oval ruby ring set in 10 drop diamonds on a yellow and white gold band.
Eugenie's engagement ring (L) bares a striking resemblance to her mother's (R). When Prince Andrew became engaged to Sarah Ferguson in 1986, he gave her a large oval ruby ring set in 10 drop diamonds on a yellow and white gold band.

On becoming Royal

30-year-old Jack has been part of the family for seven years now and admits he doesn't feel any pressure marrying into the Royals.

"It's very special to be part of your family now, but it's just Jack and Euge I suppose," Jack humbly concluded.

No rest for the wicked - wedding planning starts TOMORROW

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are due to tie the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor in the UK autumn (September, October or November) - the same venue that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed on Saturday, May 19.

And the couple are wasting no time making plans.

"I'm not sure I'll get a word in edgeways," Jack joked.

To which his fiancee replied: "We'll do it together. [Planning will start] tomorrow I assume."

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