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Eugenie joins Meghan as the year’s other royal bride

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LIKE any proud mother of the bride, the Duchess of York couldn’t wait to tell the world the news of her younger daughter’s plans to marry.

But in her enthusiasm, Sarah Ferguson seemed to get the message a bit muddled. A series of increasingly cryptic tweets ended with her declaring: ‘I always say that the river flows well to it’s [sic] destiny because of the guidance of a solid rock.’

Whatever it meant, one thing was clear: Meghan Markle won’t be the only royal bride this year.

In fact, Princess Eugenie, whose engagement Fergie was announcing, has even chosen the same venue. She will marry long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the autumn — just a few months after Prince Harry and Meghan wed there in May.

In her first tweet, the duchess, 58, told of her ‘total joy’. She said: ‘We love Jack and I am so excited to have a son, a brother and a best friend. Eugenie is one of the finest people I know and so together it will be pure harmony.’

The second message, with a picture of the couple on a boat, said: ‘They float with laughter and love… although a boat helps!’

Eugenie’s father, the Duke of York, 57, said he was ‘thrilled’ during a visit to King’s Lynn, Norfolk. A palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are very pleased and wish the couple all the best.’

Last night on BBC’s The One Show, Eugenie, 27, revealed how tequila ambassador Jack, 29, went down on one knee to propose at a lake in Nicaragua during a holiday this month.

Despite dating for seven years, it was ‘a complete surprise’, she said. ‘It was like this perfect moment. I was over the moon, crying.’

Jack’s parents Nicola and George said they were ‘delighted’.