When Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were married back in October 2018, the couple requested that guests refrain from bringing gifts to the ceremony and asked that they be sent to Prince Andrew’s office instead. It meant that the public never got a chance to see the haul, but recently, Eugenie opened up about a particularly special gift from that day.
Eugenie mentioned that Prince Philip gave the couple a handmade painting of flowers in a new BBC documentary about the prince’s life, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which airs Wednesday. “It was so nice, it’s now sitting in my house in London and I’m so proud of it, you know?” she said, according to Hello, in a segment of the documentary celebrating his artistic skill and love of painting.
In October 2020, Eugenie and Jack named their first child August Philip Hawk Brooksbank in honor of his great-grandfather. In the new documentary, Eugenie also explains what happened when Philip met his namesake. “I brought little August to come and meet him,” she said. “I told him that we’d named him after him. It was such a lovely moment. We were very lucky to do that.”
Philip would have turned 100 this year, and filming began for the documentary before his death in April 2021. Hello adds that some of the interviews were filmed before he passed away, and others were completed afterward. In addition to his passion for painting, other royals told the BBC about a few of his other favorite hobbies.
Before Philip’s death, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, explained that they bonded in the kitchen. “Cooking is something that I love talking to him about,” she said. “And he loves watching cookery programs. Hairy Bikers, I think, is one of his favorites.”
Prince Charles also commented on his enthusiasm for cooking. “He adored barbecuing and he turned that into an interesting art form,” he said. “And if I ever tried to do it he… I could never get the fire to light, or something ghastly so [he’d say]: ‘Go away!’”
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