Princess Eugenie to snub Royal Family baby tradition as royal defies William and Harry


PRINCESS Eugenie could forego a series of Royal Family traditions when she welcomes her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank because of the low position the baby will have in the line of succession.

Princess Eugenie is set to welcome her first royal baby in the early months of 2021 as she and Jack Brooksbank announced the upcoming arrival in September. But the ninth grandchild of the Queen and Prince Philip may not receive the same treatment Prince William and Prince Harry were allowed to reserve to their own children, according to expert Marlene Koenig. Contrary to royal children ahead in the line of succession, Eugenie and Jack’s baby will have limited public appearances and a more “private” life.

Speaking to shortly after the pregnancy announcement, Ms Koenig said: “We might get a Christening photo that doesn’t show grandpa Andrew.

“They’ll probably have a nanny, things like that. Baby Brooksbank is going to have a very quiet normal, private life.

“Except for the state occasions where they have big services where you’ll see people like Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones’ children.”

She added: “This baby will be a great-grandchild of a sovereign, not even a grandchild of a sovereign which is when you start falling out of the position of being a member of the Royal Family.”

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Princess Eugenie may forego some Royal Family traditions with her child (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Eugenie’s child will be the ninth great-grandchild of the Queen and Prince Philip (Image: GETTY)

At birth, Baby Brooksbank will be tenth in the line of succession behind their mother Eugenie and aunt Princess Beatrice.

Ms Koenig also noted that the baby will see their position change again and again in the future should Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi have children of their own.

She continued: “There’s definitely going to be press attention because it’s Princess Eugenie and she’s having a baby.

“Another great-grandchild for the Queen but Jack is not getting a peerage so it’s only Baby Brooksbank.

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Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank will welcome their first child in early 2021 (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will add to their family nearly three years after their wedding (Image: GETTY)

“And the baby will be moving further and further down the succession line when William and Harry’s children grown up and have descendants of their own. And, of course, when Beatrice has a baby, that baby will be ahead of Eugenie’s.”

The royal commentator said other traditions may also be bypassed in the early months of Baby Brooksbank’s life, including the hospital photocall many royals took part in after the birth of their children.

Eugenie’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, stood in front of London’s Portland Hospital after welcoming both her and Princess Beatrice in 1990 and in 1988.

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Princess Eugenie’s child will be tenth in line of succession when they are born (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

But the youngest Princess of York would not be the first to forego the photocall as her elder cousin Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle also opted out when their son Archie was born.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed to have photographers take their first snaps with their baby son a few days after the birth at Windsor Castle.

Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing within hours of the arrival of all three of their children in 2013, 2015 and 2018.


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