Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice aren’t always the center of attention in the royal family. But Eugenie has exciting news: she is pregnant with her second child. Here’s what you should know about Eugenie’s second pregnancy and whether her baby will take on a royal title.
Royal family supporters are delighted to hear that Princess Eugenie is pregnant with their second child. “We are very excited to announce that there will be a new addition to our family this summer,” she wrote on her January 23, 2023 Instagram post of her and her son. According to the BBC, Buckingham Palace confirmed the news.
“The family is thrilled and August is really looking forward to being a big brother,” Buckingham Palace said. Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank welcomed their son August Philip Hawke in February 2021.
Eugenie’s famous mother, Sarah Ferguson, commented on the Instagram post. “Grandma Heaven,” she wrote with a heart emoji. Sarah, Duchess of York received many comments from fans congratulating her on another future grandchild.
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice’s husband, also commented on the post with two heart emojis.
So will Princess Eugenie’s second child have a royal title? It seems that the baby does not want. Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice both have royal titles because they are the children of Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Prince Andrew’s mother is Queen Elizabeth II. The direct descent of Eugenie and Beatrice from Queen Elizabeth II gave them their titles, the Daily Express reports.
A Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917 outlined who received a royal title. Those who receive the title of HRH Princess or Prince must be “the children of a sovereign of these realms, and the children of the sons of such sovereign, and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales”.
Eugenie’s first son, August, does not have a royal title. Beatrice’s daughter, Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, was born the same year as August and holds a royal title due to her father’s lineage.
“Edoardo is the only male descendant to lead the family into the next generation,” a source told the Daily Express. “He is a count – his wife automatically becomes a countess, and all their children become counts or noble donna.”
The Queen’s grandchildren – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – have royal titles because they are in line for the litter.
Now that King Charles III. took the litter, what does that mean for Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice? Do they still have royal titles?
A source told the Daily Express that King Charles could strip women of their royal titles. Eugenie and Beatrice have pursued their own career paths completely separate from the royal family.
“Yes, there will be a change and it could include Beatrice and Eugenie being downgraded to the style of Daughters of a Duke,” the source said. “This was done in the Letters patent of 1917 for the great-grandchildren of the male line, which is why the present Duke of Gloucester and the present Duke of Kent (who are grandsons of the male line) are the last to have the HRH and Prince, since their children are not royal.”
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