Princess Eugenie's father-in-law George Brooksbank has died at the age of 72 years old.
On Sunday, November 21, the new parents had their son baptized at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park. Brooksbank reportedly passed earlier in the week.
“George had been in [the] hospital with Covid last year and was not the same after that,” a source told the outlet. “He had been unwell for some time. It’s been a difficult time for Jack losing his father before the Christening.”
Another insider claimed it was a “miracle” that George lived as long as he did, after being on a ventilator for 5 weeks while battling COVID-19. The source also added that it was “wonderful” that Jack’s father was able to meet his grandson, who was born in February.
Although the royal pair were secretly mourning the death of Jack’s father, they didn’t let it show at the christening ceremony for their son. Eugenie’s parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson attended the event, per Daily Mail, but it is unclear if Jack’s mother Nicola was able to make it considering the circumstances.
The Queen's presence at the event comes as she deals with her own health woes. Her Majestry was hospitalized for “preliminary investigations” back in October and cancelled several engagements in accordance with her doctor’s advice to “rest.”
“Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be,” he said before joking, “It’s bad enough at 73.”