Princess Eugenie Announced She’s Pregnant – But She Apparently Can’t Discuss It With The Queen

It’s the type of joyous news that any woman should be able to share freely with their grandmother. Apparently not when you’re a member of the royal family, though. Yes, when Princess Eugenie found out that she was pregnant with her first child, she had to be careful about mentioning it to the Queen.

Princess Eugenie first revealed to the world that she was an expectant mom in September 2020. The news came nearly two years after she walked down the aisle with Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle. A statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed that she was due to give birth in early 2021.

Once the cat was let out of the bag, Eugenie couldn’t wait to express her joy on social media. She took to Instagram to post a selfie alongside her husband and a picture of some adorable teddy bear fuzzy slippers. The snaps were captioned, “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021.”

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Eugenie’s super cute Instagram post was liked by many of her famous family members. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton gave the snaps their seal of approval on the photo-sharing platform, as did Prince Charles and Camilla. And brother-in-law Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi decided to dish out three heart-shaped emojis.

So how did her parents take the news? Well, according to the statement, both Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson were overjoyed at becoming first-time grandparents. The latter confirmed that in a chat with People magazine in which she gushed, “Thrilled for them both and in my 60th year cannot wait to be a grandmother. Welcoming a new baby into the York family is going to be a moment of profound joy.”

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Eugenie’s new arrival will also make the Queen a great-grandmother for the ninth time. But where does that place the baby in the line to the throne, you may ask? Well, the princess’ firstborn will be 11th, just one position below their mother and one step above their Uncle Edward. Despite this rather high status, the tot will not be given a royal title.

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Yes, as their father Jack doesn’t have a title, the baby will simply be part of the royal family’s female line. Yet there is one way that this can change. If she chooses, the Queen can give an earldom to Eugenie’s husband, a brand manager for a tequila company that counts none other than George Clooney as a co-founder.

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However, according to Vanity Fair magazine’s royal expert, the parents-to-be aren’t interested in having a title bestowed upon their firstborn. An insider allegedly told Kate Nicholl, “Eugenie knows that a title can be a curse as well as a blessing. She and Jack want their child to live an ordinary life and eventually work to earn a living.”

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Of course, as a member of Britain’s most famous family, Eugenie will still have to adhere to a number of rules. In fact, there are dozens of traditions within the monarchy when it comes to pregnancy. And while some make total sense, others are definitely very much just a Windsor thing.

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Eugenie has already ensured that she’s stuck to at least one royal family pregnancy rule. As is the norm with the general public, expectant mothers should only announce they are with child 12 weeks into the pregnancy. The chances of a miscarriage are said to be significantly lower toward the beginning of the second trimester.

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Tough luck if Eugenie gets swollen feet during her pregnancy. Royals are rarely allowed to wear open-toed shoes, even at relatively casual events such as film premieres and sporting occasions. Sneakers are definitely not an option, either. Women in the family are still expected to wear heels whether they’re knocked up or not.

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It’s not particularly surprising that the royal family don’t approve of expectant mothers showing cleavage. Of course, Eugenie isn’t exactly renowned for sporting lower-cut dresses, anyway. But as women’s breasts typically grow in size while carrying a child, the princess will have to get a little more creative than usual to cover her chest.

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Eugenie might not get much say in where she actually gives birth, either. London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, and its Lindo Wing in particular, has been the place of choice for royal moms over the past four decades. Yet in news you might not believe, the Queen’s four children were all delivered at her home!

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Poor Eugenie won’t be given much time to recover from the ordeal of childbirth before being seen in public again. Yes, like her aunts Diana and Anne, the princess will be expected to show off the tot outside St. Mary’s Hospital just hours after their arrival. Kate Middleton famously got both her makeup and hair done before braving the cameras with Prince George in tow in 2013.

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And the royals always like to keep the public guessing about a new arrival’s name too. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waited an entire three days before revealing that their thirdborn was called Louis. This is pretty much the norm when it comes to telling the world about the identity of a newborn royal.

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Father-to-be Jack will no doubt be appreciative of one of the latest changes to royal protocol. Yes, after the birth of Prince George in 2013, the Duke of Cambridge became the first member of the family to take up paternity leave. The future king also received unpaid time off from his Royal Air Force duties when daughter Charlotte arrived two years later.

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Eugenie is unlikely to be allowed much input when it comes to the baby’s christening. All royal babies are expected to wear the same lace dress, a replica of one that dates back to 1841, at the ceremony. And the baptism itself is always performed by England’s most senior bishop: the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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It’s unlikely that Eugenie will ask her sister Beatrice to be the tot’s godmother, even if she wanted to. The royals usually prefer to bestow the honor upon someone outside the immediate family. It’s why Prince Harry isn’t godfather to any of Prince William’s three kids, and why he hasn’t asked his brother to take on the role for his own son Archie.

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Don’t expect to see Eugenie’s newborn kitted out in any casualwear. The royal family are sticklers for dressing their youngest members in the most formal of outfits for public appearances. So that explains why Prince George always seems to be wearing sweaters with collared shirts.

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Of course, Eugenie may well choose to do things the Meghan way. Prince Harry’s other half famously ignored several royal protocols while pregnant with son Archie. This included staging a baby shower, usually a strict no-no within the royal family, and deciding not to show off her newborn outside St. Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing.

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But perhaps one of the strangest pregnancy rules within the royal family revolves around the actual word “pregnant.” Yes, when in the company of Her Royal Highness the Queen, members are expected to use a much more old-fashioned term to describe an expectant mom. And that’s “in the family way.”

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That’s right, the monarch finds the term “pregnant” to be vulgar, according to Us Weekly. The magazine made the claim in a piece published shortly after the birth of her third great-grandchild, Prince George, back in 2013. But that’s certainly not the only everyday word that the Queen has a problem with.

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According to one particular social anthropologist, there is a wide range of words that you should never dare utter in the presence of the Queen. Kate Fox revealed many of them in her book Watching the English. And while some appear to be no-brainers, others may come as a surprise.

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Take “pardon,” for example. You may assume that if you hadn’t heard or understood what the Queen was saying to you, this was a perfectly polite way of asking her to repeat it. Yet apparently, within the royal family it is considered much more courteous to utter “sorry, what?” instead.

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But if an invitation to an evening meal is dubbed “tea,” don’t expect the Queen to show up. Referring to this dining occasion in such a manner is considered highly informal. That’s right, if you want to boost your chances of entertaining a royal, then it’s far better to use the words “supper” or “dinner.”

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And if you somehow manage to convince the Queen to come round for supper, you need to make sure you name the courses correctly too. The royals don’t do “desserts,” but that doesn’t mean they haven’t got a sweet tooth. No, they simply refer to the final course as “pudding.”

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You wouldn’t expect the word “loo” to be tolerated when it comes to bathroom talk in the royal family. Yet this is apparently what you should ask for if you ever find yourself caught short at the likes of Windsor Castle. The more commonly used “toilet” is reportedly not deployed because of its French origins.

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And when the Queen settles down to watch her favorite soap opera, Eastenders, she doesn’t take to the “living room” or the “lounge.” No, at the end of a hard day’s work, the monarch retires to the “sitting room” or “drawing room.” And she doesn’t sit on a couch but on a sofa.

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But it’s not just certain words that the Queen has a problem with. According to Us Weekly, the monarch has an extensive list of pet peeves that range from foodstuffs to fashion items. Of course, having led the monarchy for nearly 70 years, she’s no doubt entitled to have the odd whim.

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Eugenie will have to pay attention to at least one of these gripes in the near future. For the Queen isn’t a fan of babies sitting at the dinner table. Yes, the monarch apparently believes that youngsters should only be able to join the rest of their family at mealtimes when they have grasped basic manners.

When the tot does finally make it to the dinner table, then there are two things they are unlikely to be fed. Darren McGrady, who was once a chef at Buckingham Palace, told Us Weekly that potatoes are never on the Queen’s menu. And neither, apparently, is any kind of soup.

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And Eugenie will also have to be careful if she brings her baby around when the Queen’s beloved corgis are in residence. The monarch is famously protective of her many canine friends. So it’s little surprise to learn that she allegedly doesn’t like other people, even little ones, petting them.

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Mind you, the Queen might have another grandkid to deter from dog petting in the near future. That’s if you believe the rumors that Eugenie’s sister Beatrice is also pregnant. Yes, in the same month that Andrew and Fergie’s youngest daughter confirmed that she was with child, the tabloids speculated that their oldest was too.

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The gossip all started when Beatrice was pictured at a central London baby store named Little White Company. Her newlywed husband Edo was reportedly in the car waiting for her at the time. And when the princess later emerged with a bag, she ended up creating a Twitter guessing game.

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“I cannot be the only one thinking Princess Beatrice is pregnant!!!” posted one excitable Twitter user. Another commented, “Oh my I’m right I guess… she’s pregnant. Oh love that. Princess Beatrice will be a very good mom.” And it appears as though bookmakers in the royal’s homeland were taking note too.

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You see, one particular firm significantly reduced the odds of Beatrice becoming a mom. Alex Apati, a spokesman for Ladbrokes, told U.K. newspaper the Daily Express, “We’re expecting a baby for Beatrice in the coming months and wouldn’t be surprised to hear a pregnancy announcement before the year is out after she tied the knot back in July.” Of course, the princess already has some maternal experience.

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Yes, Beatrice didn’t just become Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi when she tied the knot in the summer of 2020. She also became a stepmother to his three-year-old son. Wolfie was actually at the ceremony as his father’s best man. And luckily, his mother Dara Huang is said to get on well with Beatrice too.

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Beatrice and Wolfie have developed a close bond, according to the Daily Express. The princess regularly picks up the youngster from his nursery. And an insider revealed she appears to be a natural when it comes to the school run. They said, “She welcomed the little boy out of school with a big hug and then took his bag while he set off on his scooter. It was quite touching how close they seemed. She clearly dotes on the little boy.”

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A friend of Beatrice told the same newspaper that it was little surprise the princess had taken to being a stepmother so quickly. They said, “Bea has always been really close to Edo’s family, so it’s natural that Wolfie should become part of hers. He’s a super little boy and extremely cute. It will be interesting to see what happens when they start their own family – but Bea is so caring, his happiness will always be her number one priority.”

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The Daily Express also reports that although she’s loving life as a stepmother, Beatrice is still determined to have a child of her own. Only time will tell whether she really is joining her sister as an expectant mom. Let’s just hope that she remembers to tell the Queen that she’s in the family way if so.

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