Wed­ding? No, it’s all about kids and ba­bies

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - ELLEN WHIN­NETT DOMANII CAMERON

PRINCESS Eu­ge­nie might have been get­ting mar­ried to Jack Brooks­bank but all so­cial me­dia cared about was how cute Prince Ge­orge looked — and if Meghan Markle was preg­nant.

When Prince Harry’s wife ar­rived in a loose-fit­ting navy blue Givenchy dress and coat, which was but­toned at the top but not around the stom­ach and did not re­move it in­side St Ge­orge’s Chapel, spec­u­la­tion went into over­drive that the 37-year-old Amer­i­can is preg­nant. Of course, Syd­ney and Dubbo will get the chance to check out the the­ory when the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex ar­rive for the In­vic­tus Games this week.

Royal watch­ers were kept amused by Prince Ge­orge, who man­aged to sit still in the chapel but made up for it with his an­tics out­side. On the steps, he and the other brides­maids and page­boys pulled faces, waved and won hearts.

NEW­LY­WEDS Princess Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank en­joyed “one hell of a party’’ cel­e­brat­ing their beau­ti­ful au­tumn wed­ding at Wind­sor.

Af­ter a cham­pagne re­cep­tion hosted by the Queen, the young cou­ple jumped into a flashy As­ton Martin car orig­i­nally built for the James Bond movie Spec­tre and headed for nearby Royal Lodge, the home of their es­tranged par­ents Prince An­drew and Sarah the Duchess of York for two more cel­e­bra­tions with their celebrity and royal friends.

Eu­ge­nie, 28, was still in her bridal gown, while Mr Brooks­bank, 32, helped her into the car be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel and head­ing off to their re­cep­tion.

Af­ter the for­mal­ity of the lun­cheon hosted by Queen El­iz­a­beth for her grand­daugh­ter, the Princess and her for­mer night­club man­ager hus­band en­joyed two less-for­mal par­ties, joined by most of the 800 guests who had been at St Ge­orge’s Chapel.

Prince An­drew re­port­edly broke pro­to­col to give his new son-in-law a hug as the cou­ple cut their five-tier red vel­vet wed­ding cake, which fea­tured a cas­cade of au­tumn leaves and berries, and was served with Pol Roger cham­pagne.

The cel­e­bra­tion then moved to Royal Lodge where a fun fair was set up in the grounds com­plete with dodgem cars, a co­conut shy and games.

Mr Brooks­bank, who sells tequila for a com­pany founded by Ge­orge Clooney and Rande Ger­ber, had promised the Casami­gos tequila would flow freely. Eu­ge­nie won ap­plause from around the world for her de­ci­sion to wear a dress that showed her scar from sco­l­io­sis surgery at age 12 — and to not wear a veil so it would be clearly vis­i­ble.

Her mother Sarah Fer­gu­son also at­tracted plenty of com­ment for her en­thu­si­asm and her ec­cen­tric hat, which some Twit­ter users com­pared to a Golden Snitch from Harry Pot­ter.

Oth­ers had a more ex­otic the­ory, com­par­ing it to the Won­der Woman sym­bol. That’s sig­nif­i­cant be­cause her name is Diana — and it was ap­par­ently Fergie’s en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port of Diana that caused Camilla the Duchess of Corn­wall to skip the wed­ding in favour for a cer­e­mony at a Scot­tish school.

There was also con­tin­ued buzz around Wind­sor about com­ments by Prince An­drew, who ap­peared to one-up Prince Harry and Meghan by say­ing more peo­ple at­tended his daugh­ter’s wed­ding than theirs at the same venue five months ago. This is de­spite the con­sid­er­able pains royal courtiers had gone to to avoid com­par­isons be­tween the two events.

“There are a few more peo­ple than most peo­ple have,’’ he told ITV in a pre-recorded in­ter­view. “There are a few more than Harry had. But that’s just the na­ture of Eu­ge­nie and Jack. They have got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in.”

Prince An­drew also said the event was held at St Ge­orge’s Chapel on the or­ders of the Queen.

“The Queen very firmly said: ‘No, St Ge­orge’s is where you are go­ing to have the wed­ding’.

“So I said: ‘Aye, aye ma’am, turn to the right, salute and carry on’.”

Char­lie Proc­tor, ed­i­tor-in-chef of

the Royal Cen­tral news web­site, said the com­ments about the size of the wed­ding party — 800 guests com­pared to Harry’s 650 — was tact­less. “No­body should be com­par­ing the two wed­dings – es­pe­cially the fa­ther of the bride,’’ he said. He said it was in­evitable there would be com­par­isons, given the wed­ding was held in the same venue just five months apart.

“I think we have to be re­al­is­tic. Eu­ge­nie’s wed­ding was never go­ing to be as big as Harry’s wed­ding,” he said.

Bri­tish news­pa­per The Mir­ror hired a lip reader who re­ported that Zara Tindall had turned to Harry and Meghan and said: “It’s very quiet com­pared to the scream­ing at your wed­ding.’’

Royal watch­ers were also still di­gest­ing the de­ci­sion to in­clude a read­ing from the Great Gatsby, which talked about the smile and lan­guage used by the hero of F. Scott Fitzger­ald’s great novel, Jay Gatsby.

The Dean of Wind­sor David Con­ner ex­plained that Eu­ge­nie had read the book shortly af­ter meet­ing Jack and felt the pas­sage “Gatsby’s Smile’’ re­minded her of Jack. This raised some eye­brows as the Jay Gatsby char­ac­ter was a man born into poverty who strived to be some­thing he was not to win the af­fec­tions of a rich young woman.

Prince Ge­orge hams it up with the other pint-sized pop­pets in­clud­ing Princess Char­lotte, Theodora Wil­liams, Mia Tindall, Sa­van­nah and Isla Philips, Maud Wind­sor and Louis de Givenchy. enchy.Pic­ture: e: AFP The Queen, Harr y andMeghan.

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