Princess Eugenie baby: Why avoiding royal titles could be inspired by Prince Harry

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Princess Eugenie announced on Instagram last week she is expecting her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank. The baby is due in early 2021, but the couple have chosen to keep other details about their bundle of joy under wraps for the time being. It has not yet been confirmed whether Eugenie and Jack’s baby will have a royal title in the future.

As Princess Eugenie is tenth in line to the throne, there are no royal rules which state her baby will have a royal title.

King George V decided in 1917 only the children of the monarch and the children of the monarch’s sons will automatically receive Prince and Princess titles.

For this reason, Princess Eugenie herself holds a Princess title as the daughter of the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew.

However in recent years the Queen has made some exceptions to this rule, such as offering Prince and Princess titles to Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s three children.

She also offered titles to her daughter Princess Anne’s children, but Anne is thought to have turned the Queen’s offer down.

However, even if the Queen did decide to give Eugenie’s children a title as a gift, according to a family friend Eugenie and Jack aren’t concerned about whether their baby has a title or not.

A source told Vanity Fair: “Even if the Queen offered them a title as a gift, it’s not Eugenie or Jack’s desire for their child to have a title.

“Eugenie knows that a title can be a curse as well as a blessing and she and Jack want their child to live an ordinary life and eventually work to earn a living.

“Titles really don’t matter to Jack and Eugenie, they just want a happy healthy child.”

Many royals are opting not to give their children Princess and Prince titles nowadays.

Although he is the monarch’s son, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex opted not to give their children Prince or Princess titles.

Instead they are titled as the children of an Earl, and are known as Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

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Eugenie’s decision not to give her child a royal title could also have been inspired by the decision of her cousin, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

The Sussexes opted not to give their son Archie any royal titles, even though he was entitled to use his father’s courtesy title of Earl of Dumbarton.

Archie is simply known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, despite being seventh in line to the throne.

It is believed Meghan and Harry opted not to give Archie a royal title so he could make his own decisions about his career and future.

Harry himself opted to step down from his senior royal role earlier this year, and no doubt he wanted his son to also be able to decide whether he works formally on behalf of the Royal Family or not.

But as Archie does not have a royal title or His Royal Highness status, it is unlikely he will ever be a working royal.

Archie will be free to choose his own career path, without the public scrutiny which comes along with being a royal.

And it may be Princess Eugenie and her husband also decide to make a similar decision for their own child.

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