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September 30, 2020

Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank Expecting 1st Child — What Are the Chances of a Royal Title?

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will be welcoming their first child sometime next year. Already, royal fans are wondering what the baby's — if any — title will be. 

Last week, royals Princess Eugenie and her husband of two years, Jack Brooksbank, announced that they were pregnant to the thrill of many royal fans. 

Eugenie, 30, and sister Princess Beatrice are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. While the two are now divorced, Eugenie's title stands as Her Royal Highness Princess of York. 

Princess Eugene and Queen Elizabeth II attend the first day of the Royal Ascot in Ascot, England on June 18, 2013 | Photo: Getty Images

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NO TITLE FOR THE YORK BABY

Brooksbank is a Brand Ambassador of Casamigos tequila, a line founded by actor George Clooney. His wife, an art gallery director, is tenth in line to the throne. However, it has little bearing on the coming baby boy or girl. 

According to a Hello source, Eugenie and Brooksbank's child will not receive any title, nor will they bear the label of "His" or "Her Royal Highness" before their name. 

This is because such distinguishments are passed down the male line. Brooksbank, who once worked as a bartender, carries no title. In turn, the child will simply be called Master or Miss Brooksbank. 

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WHAT THE QUEEN COULD DO

The rules are not set in stone, however. The source notes that the Queen could decide to change things by issuing a Letters Patent regarding title inheritance. 

In the past, the Queen has given titles to couples on their wedding day. Harry and Markle were dubbed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they wed in 2018. 

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Another option would be to give Brooksbank a title to pass down to his coming child. For now, the couple's future child will be in the same situation as newcomer Archie Mountbatten-Windsor for the time being. 

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE

Because he is the Queen's great-grandchild, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie does not have a title. The same applies to Savannah and Island Phillips, and Mia and Lena Tindall. 

In the past, the Queen has given titles to couples on their wedding day. Harry and Markle were dubbed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they wed in 2018. 

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Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank on the steps of St George's Chapel after their wedding on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. | Photo: Getty Images

EUGENIE PASSES ON HUSBAND'S SURNAME

Eugenie and Brooksbank received no such honor, though. At the time, Eugenie could have decided to add her husband's surname to her last name, but no new title was offered. 

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Eugenie's current title of Princess was actually given to her and her sister at their birth. Of course, we're sure when the child enters the world, a title will not be the first thing in mind. 

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FERGUSON ANTICIPATES BEING A GRANDMOTHER

After sharing news they were pregnant last week, Eugenie's mom Ferguson expressed how excited she was at becoming a grandmother. She said in an interview: 

"Thrilled for [Jack and Eugenie] both and in my 60th year cannot wait to be a grandmother. Welcoming a new baby [...] is going to be a moment of profound joy."

The Palace also officially announced the coming of the Queen's ninth great-grandchild. As for Eugenie and Brooksbank, they shared a heartwarming photo of their hands holding a pair of baby shoes. 

"Jack and I are so excited for early 2021..." wrote the couple. Their fans certainly are as well. Regardless of the title they will or won't have, the baby will be surrounded by loving parents.

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