After two years of tabloid rumors and pregnancy speculation, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, have announced that they are expecting their first child.
Now the question royal fans want to know is: Will their baby have a royal title like Eugenie does?
Announcement and reactions from other royals via social media
On Sept. 25, Eugenie and Brooksbank shared their happy news with the world via Instagram.
On her account, the princess posted a photo of her and Brooksbank holding a pair of tiny booties and captioned it, “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021” with a baby emoji.
Shortly after that, a message was put out on the royal family’s account that read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021. The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr. and Mrs. George Brooksbank, the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.”
Eugenie’s mother, Sarah, also took to social media to express how overjoyed she was with the news.
“I am so excited by the news that Eugenie and Jack are expecting their first child. Thrilled for them both and in my 60th year cannot wait to be a grandmother,” the duchess wrote. “Welcoming a new baby into the York family is going to be a moment of profound joy.”
Will Eugenie and Brooksbank’s child have a title?
So will the princess and her hubby’s son or daughter get a regal title? According to The Express, the answer is no as their baby will arrive into the world as a commoner.
The publication noted that during an interview with Town & Country just before the pair’s wedding, royal historian and author Carolyn Harris said that “Princess Eugenie’s children will not have titles unless the queen decides to bestow an earldom on Jack Brooksbank.”
We now know that was not the case so any children they have will not be given royal titles as such titles in the U.K. are passed down via the male line. Therefore, because Brooksbank doesn’t have one, neither will his children.
That said, the is another way the child could still get a title and that is only if the queen offers them one for the baby. At that point, it would then be up to the couple to accept it or turn it down. The monarch did this after Princess Anne’s children were born, but Anne decided not to go with the courtesy titles for her kids.
What Eugenie changed her name to after they got married
After Brooksbank and the princess said “I do” on Oct. 12, 2018, Eugenie was given the option to change her name and take his.
People reported that a few months later she began using his last name. She was previously known as ‘Princess Eugenie of York” but is now referred to as “Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank.”
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