It has now been revealed that Princess Eugenie and her family were told to "prepare for the worst" when her father-in-law, George Brooksbank, was struck down by the coronavirus in March.

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The 71-year-old spent nine weeks in the hospital overall, including five weeks on a ventilator - he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized in mid-March following a trip to France, The Telegraph reports. Now that he has overcome the virus, Mr. Brooksbank has spoken out about his battle.

George Brooksbank: "NHS is absolutely magnificent"

"The point I really want to get across is that I think the NHS is absolutely magnificent," Brooksbank said. "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."

He added: "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."

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"[...] we were told to expect the worst"

The retired chartered accountant's condition eventually improved after a tracheotomy - Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were said to be relieved after George overcame the virus.

George's wife, Nicola, who also contracted the virus but is at home without hospital treatment also thanked the NHS after her husband got better: "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."

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