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Princess Eugenie reveals real reason she left London for private life in Portugal

The royal lives in the Algarve with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their two sons

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in boat
Georgia Brown
Georgia BrownSenior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
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Princess Eugenie has made a surprising admission about the real reason she relocated to Portugal with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their two sons, August and Ernest

The mother-of-two, 33, and Jack, 37, moved to Portugal's sun-soaked Algarve in 2022 to reside in a lavish family home in Comporta, leaving behind her royal residence at Kensington Palace.  

The Telegraph originally reported that the family moved into the CostaTerra Golf and Ocean Club because Jack is now working with property tycoon Mike Meldman, who is managing a 300-home development.

Princess Eugenie holding back Ernest while standing with Jack Brooksbank and son August© Instagram
Princess Eugenie relocated to Portugal with her husban and two sons in 2022

The publication cited: "Mr Brookbank is understood to be working on marketing, sales and promotion" and they also revealed that prices at the sought-after development will start from a staggering £3.6million.

Princess Eugenie son August meeting baby brother Ernest© Instagram
Princess Eugenie's son August was pictured meeting his baby brother Ernest

During a podcast episode of Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware, which aired on Wednesday, Princess Eugenie opened up about the real reason she prefers a quieter life outside of London. 

“This is why Portugal is the dream because I can go to the supermarket in my exercise gear and my hair piled on my head and not mind. Not care. No one cares," she said.

When they're not in Portugal, the family take residence at Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace estate. 

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank smiling as they exchanged wedding rings© Shutterstock
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank exchanged vows in October 2018

The property was also once home to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and is even where Prince Harry proposed to Meghan back in 2017. Prince Harry lived in the home from 2013 until moving to Windsor after his wedding.

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Nottingham Cottage is a property on the Kensington Palace estate

Despite sharing their Kensington Palace postcode with a number of royals, including the Prince and Princess of Wales and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, that doesn't stop Princess Eugenie and Jack from getting weekly Waitrose deliveries and picking up takeaways in their pyjamas - just like many 'ordinary' families!

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"We do one order every week and everyone piles on everything they can on Sunday night and it comes on Monday morning. Sundays are quite sad looking at my fridge," she said.

"When asked what was in her Waitrose order, Princess Eugenie revealed: "Nothing interesting really. Chicken, sausages, always. Potatoes, onion, garlic." 

The royal then shared that she's "not allowed" to have onion and garlic at her parents' house, confirming that they fear "the breath" and, like many royals, avoid the pungent foods.

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