Princess Eugenie and husband Jack told to 'prepare for the worst' when his dad had coronavirus

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·2-min read
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (L) and her husband Jack Brooksbank arrive for the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Eugenie and Jack were told to prepare for the worst when his father was in hospital. (Getty Images)

Princess Eugenie’s father-in-law has revealed the royal and her husband were told to “prepare for the worst” when he was in hospital with coronavirus.

Jack Brooksbank’s father George was on a ventilator for five weeks as he battled COVID-19 in intensive care.

Brooksbank, 71, recovered from the illness and said his treatment was “incredible”.

He said: “The point I really want to get across is that I think the NHS is absolutely magnificent.

“The way I was treated was incredible. Nothing was too much trouble and at no point did I get a sense of a shortage of doctors or nurses or any impression that the service was in any way overwhelmed.

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File photo dated 12/10/18 of Princess Eugenie's father-in-law George Brooksbank, who has thanked NHS staff for saving his life after he was left battling the coronavirus in intensive care.
Princess Eugenie's father-in-law George Brooksbank thanked NHS staff for saving his life after he was left battling the coronavirus in intensive care. (Press Association)

“There was always somebody at hand. I want to offer profound thanks to everyone who was involved. It was a real eye-opener for somebody who has not been in hospital before for any length of time.

“I certainly owe them my life.”

The princess, 30, and the rest of the Brooksbank family were said to be relieved by his recovery.

According to Press Association, Eugenie is likely to have kept the Queen informed about her father-in-law’s condition.

Brooksbank fell ill in mid-March after a trip to France and ended up being in hospital for nine weeks, said a spokesman for Eugenie’s mother Sarah, Duchess of York.

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Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L), Sarah, Duchess of York (C) and parents of the groom Nicola (R) and George Brooksbank wave off the married couple after attending the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Andrew Matthews / various sources / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDREW MATTHEWS/AFP via Getty Images)
Sarah Ferguson with George and Nicola Brooksbank and Princess Beatrice at Eugenie and Jack's wedding in 2018. (Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie leave St George's Chapel after their wedding ceremony on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
The couple recently marked 10 years together. (Getty Images)

He was treated at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, and then moved to a ward at the Royal Brompton Hospital which specialised in heart and lung conditions in people recovering from COVID-19.

He underwent a further period of rehabilitation at an institution in Roehampton.

Mr Brooksbank said he now felt “absolutely fine”, attributing his recovery to the several weeks of recuperation in hospital.

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Brooksbank lives in Wandsworth, south London, with his wife Nicola, 66.

She said: “Without doubt, they saved him, and we could not be more grateful. We were not able to see him throughout his treatment and more than once we were told to expect the worst.”