To mark the end of 2021 Princess Eugenie made a candid post on her Instagram account reflecting on her year. And the images she posted gave an insight into the emotional 12 months she endured with both highs and lows
To mark the start of the brand new year, Princess Eugenie shared a candid Instagram post looking back at the last 12 months.
T he string of images she posted laid bare just how much of a roller coaster year 2021 was for her.
There were massive highs in her personal life as she and husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child together.
But both suffered heartache after they both lost family members who had been very dear to them.
In her Instagram post, Eugenie wrote: “Happy New Year to all… Goodbye 2021.
“A year that blessed us with our boy and saw our family grow with new additions but also a year that took some of our biggest and brightest lights. Forever in our hearts.”
Here we look back at her emotional 2021…
The start of 2021 was a very happy time for Eugenie as she and Jack prepared to welcome their first child together.
And on February 9, she gave birth to a son and introduced him to the world on her Instagram account, where she revealed he had been named August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
August was born at the exclusive Portland Hospital in central London and became the Queen and Prince Philip’s ninth great-grandchild.
Eugenie wrote proudly alongside the snap of her new family unit: “We wanted to introduce you to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
“Thank you for so many wonderful messages. Our hearts are full of love for this little human, words can’t express. We are excited to be able to share these photos with you.”
Death of beloved grandfather
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But just weeks after giving birth, Eugenie and the rest of the royals were in mourning following the death of her grandfather Prince Philip.
Philip died aged 99 at Windsor Castle following a stay in hospital and his funeral, which was limited to 30 family and friends due to Covid restrictions, was attended by Eugenie and Jack.
Later in the year, Eugenie opened up about the death of her grandfather, revealing how her son August’s middle name is a tribute to him.
Speaking on the documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, she spoke of how she was able to introduce her son to her granddad just weeks before he passed away.
Reflecting on the moment she introduced her son to his namesake, Eugenie became emotional and said: “I brought little August to come and meet him. I told him that we’d named him after him. It was such a lovely moment. We were very lucky to do that.”
Father’s legal woes
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The month of August turned out to be a tough one for Eugenie – not least because her father Prince Andrew had a lawsuit filed against him accusing him of sexual abuse.
Virginia Guiffre, also known as Roberts, is suing Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.
She claims she was trafficked by billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.
Andrew denies all allegations. The prince has not been accused of criminal wrongdoing.
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Also in August, Eugenie was offered an apology from a model for any confusion caused after she was snapped topless on a boat with the royal’s husband Jack.
He was photographed on board a touring boat off the Italian island of Capri with three female pals – but without Eugenie.
Erica Pelosini, Rachel Zalis and Maria Buccellati partied with the 35-year-old and the snaps raised eyebrows back in the UK.
However, Ms Pelosini spoke out and says she found it “very hurtful” that people jumped to the wrong conclusions after seeing the pictures.
She said: “I know it does not look right for Jack and his family, I felt very bad for them when I saw the images of him surrounded by three women because his wife was not there.
“It led people to make improper suggestions and jump to conclusions and it’s very hurtful that people are thinking this.
“I’m very sorry if I caused any embarrassment to Princess Eugenie and Jack.”
Meanwhile, Eugenie’s mum Sarah Ferguson defended Jack suggesting that his work as a brand ambassador for celebrity tequila company Casamigos – which was launched by George Clooney and Rande Gerber in 2013 – was the reason he was entertaining women on a boat in the Med.
She said: “So for them to make this story is completely fabricated, he works as an ambassador for Casamigos, and he was on doing his job, and so I think it’s really important that we clarify that for Jack’s sake.”
Fergie added: “He’s just a superhero in my book, and he’s a great father, a fabulous husband, and he’s never at front of house, he always likes to be at the back.”
Becoming an aunt
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In September there was more baby joy for Eugenie when she became an aunt for the first time.
Eugenie’s older sister Princess Beatrice gave birth to a daughter called Sienna Elizabeth, who she shares with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
And Eugenie shared her delight at the news with yet another Instagram post.
She wrote: “To my dearest Beabea and Edo. Congratulations on your new angel. I can’t wait to meet her and I’m so proud of you. We’re going to have so much fun watching our children grow up. Love Euge.
“To my new niece, I love you already and think you’re just awesome from the photos.. we’re going to have so much fun together. Love your Auntie Euge.”
Rare double christening
In November, there was another happy event when Eugenie’s son August was baptised in a royal first.
He shared his christening day with Zara and Mike Tindall’s baby son Lucas, with the ceremony taking place at the Royal Chapel of All Saint in Windsor with the Queen in attendance.
It is thought to have been the first time two royal babies have been christened together.
August had meant to have been christened in July before the event was cancelled due to Covid-19.
Sad loss of father-in-law
However, days after the christening, it was revealed that the day had been tinged with sadness for Eugenie and Jack.
That’s because just days before the event, Jack’s father George passed away at the age of 72.
According to MailOnline, he had suffered from Covid in 2020 and had been unwell for some time.
A source said: “George had been in hospital with Covid and had not been the same after that.
“He had been unwell for some time.”
A Brooksbank family notice that was published in the Telegraph described how Jack’s father “loved all the good things in life but especially his wife, friends, boys, daughters-in-law and grandchildren”.