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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, October 11, 2018

How a Royal Marriage is Different than a Celebrity Marriage - No Prenup!

EugeniePrincess Eugenie is all set to marry her long-time significant other, Jack Brooksbank, on Friday, October 12. The American news did not blast the news all over the airways, probably because the Princess is further away from the British throne than either of her recently married cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry. But on a rather global scale they are still considered celebrities, but with crowns.

But unlike the majority of celebrity or high-profile marriages, it is unlikely that there will be a prenuptial agreement signed between the couple. According to Katie Nicholl, royal expert and author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, the royal family doesn't really do prenups. "I don't think members of the royal family sign prenuptial agreements." Royal weddings and marriages may be more intense than their normal celebrity counterparts, thus they can be seen as standalone entities.

Prenuptial agreements are usually devised to protect a partner's financial assets in the case of a divorce. In the case of the British royal family, the family's fortune belongs to the Queen and the Crown. Jack is not marrying the Queen.

See Korey Lane, Do Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have a Prenup? The Answer is Pretty Surprising, Elite Daily, October 2, 2018.


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