Princess Eugenie asked Princess Beatrice to read an excerpt from 'The Great Gatsby' at her wedding, and people are seriously confused

Andrew Matthews/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrincess Beatrice read a passage from ‘The Great Gatsby’ at her sister’s wedding.


At Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding, Princess Beatrice stood before wedding guests at St. George’s Chapel and honored the couple with a reading from “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.

The passage Beatrice read was a description of Jay Gatsby’s smile and included phrases like, “It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.”

Given that “The Great Gatsby” tells the story of a man who coaxes a woman into loving him through artifice and deception, many wondered why Beatrice read from that particular novel.

Read more: 11 Things You Don’t Know About ‘The Great Gatsby’

Royal expert Rebecca English, however, was quick to clarify why Beatrice had chosen to pull that excerpt. According to English’s tweet, Princess Eugenie asked her sister to read that particular excerpt, in which Nick Carraway’s character describes Jay Gatbsy’s smile, because it reminded Eugenie of Jack’s smile.

“It was soon after she and Jack had first met that Princess Eugenie read ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald,” the wedding program explained. “One particular passage in which Jay Gatsby is described reminded her immediately of Jack. She decided that she wanted to eventually let Jack know how much those words had brought him to mind. That is why they have a special place (as the second reading) in today’s wedding service.”

The internet had a lot to say about Princess Eugenie’s choice of literature

Princess Eugenie wedding gownWPA Pool/Getty ImagesMany wondered why Princess Eugenie would want Jack Brooksbank compared to Jay Gatsby.

Despite the explanation, many said it was odd that Princess Eugenie would want her now-husband compared to Jay Gatsby, a con man who changed his name, made millions bootlegging, and then used that wealth to throw lavish parties with the exclusive hope that Daisy Buchanan, the object of his affection, would attend one of these parties and fall for him.

“I get the impression that the Princesses may not actually have read the Great Gatsby, seeing as they just read a passage about the smile of a conman about to massively defraud you,” wrote one Twitter user.

The general consensus on the internet was a resounding, “huh?”

https://twitter.com/judeinlondon2/status/1050509415760171008?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

Some pointed out that if you Google “literary quotes about smiles,” this passage from “The Great Gatsby” shows up.

However people on the internet reacted, the new royal couple looked very happy.

Jack brooksbank princess eugenie wedding photoVictoria Jones/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesThe couple were all smiles after their wedding.

Here is the full text of the excerpt Princess Beatrice read:

“He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced – or seemed to face – the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.

“Precisely at that point, it vanished – and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.”

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