While the world’s been quite familiar with Prince Harry and Prince William, there’s a royal groom that’s going to take the spotlight next month. Jack Brooksbank will be walking in footsteps of his soon-to-be cousins-in-law when he marries Princess Eugenie, but who is he, exactly? Royal watchers, especially ones that live on this side of the Atlantic, may not be familiar with him, but here’s everything to know about this soon-to-be royal.
Brooksbank was known as “Barman Jack” by his pals in Chelsea. Why? Unlike most of the people associated with royalty, he worked his way through the nightclub circuit, not social ranks. In fact, he wasn’t even that high up in the ranks at his job when he met Princess Eugenie. According to the Daily Mail, he was a “meet and greeter” at a bar and restaurant in Devonshire Terrace. He wasn’t always meant to be a hospitality guru, however. In fact, he was being bred for the upper crust.
Brooksbank attended the Stowe school, which counts Richard Branson as an alum and costs £10,000 per term. But instead of heading into finance like many of his peers, he went right to work. He had the blessing of his parents and worked his way through some of Chelsea’s hippest haunts. Admiral Codrington, The Markham Inn, and the Mahiki club are all present and accounted for on his résumé. But it was the Markham that got him into royal circles. He got to know Harry while he was working there and got folded into his group of friends. Thanks to that connection, he met Princess Eugenie.
Today, Brooksbank is a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila. After meeting Eugenie, Brooksbank wanted to polish his reputation and moved from managing bars and restaurants to become a wine and spirit merchant. That’s how he hooked up with Clooney and Co. and became one of the faces of Casamigos. It seems like the change in title worked, because the royals seem a-okay with Brooksbank walking down the aisle with Eugenie. But he’s not set on just being royal arm candy. He told the Daily Mail that he hopes to have an entire restaurant empire under his belt.
“I want to create a chain of pubs. It has been my dream since I was 18,” he said. “I have fond memories of Sunday roasts in pubs with log fires, and it’s something I want to recreate. I love pubs and often go to my local for a pint.”
Is a royal pub on the horizon? We’ll all have to wait and see what he’s got planned post-wedding.