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Prince Andrew Gets Honest About Being Father of the Bride: 'I Don't Know What to Expect'

People logo People 10/12/2018 Maura Hohman

Prince Andrew is excited — but perhaps a bit overwhelmed — on his daughter’s big day!

The second youngest son of Queen Elizabeth, 58, shared in an interview ahead of Princess Eugenie‘s Royal Wedding to Jack Brooksbank that while he’s sure his 28-year-old daughter will be “an absolutely outstanding bride,” he’s still doesn’t “know what to expect” because he’s “never been the father of the bride before.”

He also revealed how involved he was in the planning process — and how it compared to his own wedding to Eugenie’s mother, his ex Sarah Ferguson. “I’m not what I would describe as ‘intimately’ involved,” he said. “When I was getting married, my parents didn’t get involved either.”

a person wearing a suit and tie: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson © Provided by TIME Inc. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson Prince Andrew, Duke of York et al. wearing costumes © REX/Shutterstock Prince Andrew

The weather on Eugenie’s wedding day was also a topic of conversation, as October in the U.K. is a riskier date than the spring, when the bride’s cousin Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle got married.

“We hope good weather, whatever happens in October, it could be anything,” Prince Andrew mused before discussing the guest list. “This isn’t a public event, it’s a family wedding. There’s more people [than Harry and Meghan had] because Eugenie and Jack have so many friends.”


He then revealed the little he knows about Eugenie’s much-anticipated dress.

“I expect there’s a train so I have to walk on the left,” he speculated. “That’s a lesson I learned getting married. Sarah’s father walked down the middle and she was like, ‘Get over!’ “

Ultimately, he’s just thrilled about his daughter’s future.

a group of people posing for the camera: Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie © Provided by TIME Inc. Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie

“It’s wonderful watching [Eugenie and Jack] together because it’s almost like they’re a married couple now,” he said.

Eugenie and Jack will tie the knot in front of 800 guests at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Friday. The couple, who have been dating for about seven years, got engaged while in Nicaragua in January.

In a pre-wedding interview earlier this week, Eugenie recalled meeting Jack during a skiing vacation in Switzerland during college.

“I remember being like, ‘I really, really like this guy, I really want him to like me too,’ and then you gave me this huge windscreen wiper wave and that was it: ‘Right, he likes me,’ ” she said.


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