There are lots of royal wedding bells ringing this year: first for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then for newly engaged Princess Eugenie. Turns out that all that impending matrimony is causing quite the family scheduling conflict, and the later wedding may have to work its timing around the former.
Princess Eugenie, who’s Harry and Will’s first cousin (and eighth in line for the throne), and, as her father is reportedly eager to point, one of only two “blood princesses” of her generation, announced her engagement on Monday to longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank. While the couple had originally planned to marry in September—in the same venue Harry and Meghan are set to wed in May—they were reportedly asked to push their wedding date to accommodate the royal newlyweds’ travel plans.
“Eugenie and Jack are keen to tie the knot quite quickly, and there certainly wouldn’t be any issue as regards the booking of the chapel given who her grandmother is,” a source told The Daily Mail. “But the issue is that some members of the Royal Family already have commitments in the diary.”
The “members of the Royal Family” in question? The future Mr. and Mrs. Prince Harry.
“There is talk of a number of foreign tours for Prince Harry and Miss Markle this year, and September is a date that has been mooted,” the source said. Brooksbank’s grandmother also reportedly confirmed that the big event has now been pushed to October.
“I do know that they’re now not going to get married in September,” she said. “He [Jack] said ‘We can’t get married in September now so we will have to get married in October. They [the Royal family] have got something else going on then I think so they couldn’t. So he just said that if they can’t get married in September they will have to get married in October.”
Sure, having to swap your entire wedding plan to accommodate your cousin’s jet-setting lifestyle may sound like enough to make anyone want to throw in the bouquet, but rest assured there is no royal wedding drama here. “They are fine with it,” a source tells The Daily Mail of Princess Eugenie and her fiancé’s response to the change of itinerary. “I don’t think anything will overshadow how deliriously happy they are.”
Still, looks like maybe-bridesmaids Cara Delevingne and Ellie Goulding should clear their entire fall schedules, just in case.