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Princess Eugenie may copy Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with royal baby title move

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Princess Eugenie, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child together. The couple’s happy news was confirmed by the palace in autumn and they are preparing to welcome their royal baby in early 2021. Eugenie’s baby will be the Queen and Prince Philip’s 9th great-grandchild and 11th in line to the throne.

Princess Eugenie is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and was raised with an HRH style.

Nonetheless, Eugenie is not a working royal and is unlikely to want her child to have an official title.

The royal baby’s low position in the line of succession means that Eugenie is most likely to copy Meghan Markle and Prince Harry when it comes to registering her baby’s name.

Following the arrival of their first child Archie Harrison on May 6, 2019, Meghan and Harry decided against giving him a royal title.

They wished to raise Archie as a private citizen and the name registered on his birth certificate reflects this choice.

Archie’s full name is simply Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Eugenie is expected to follow this pattern when her royal baby arrives.

The Mountbatten-Windsor surname came into existence in 1960 after a decision was made to finally allow Prince Philip to pass down his Germanic Mountbatten surname.

‘Mountbatten-Windsor’ is a hybrid between the House of Windsor name and the Duke of Edinburgh’s last name and was invented following fierce debate, one royal expert has claimed.

Prince Philip is understood to have been deeply hurt about being blocked from passing down his name to his children.

Following Prince Charles’s birth in 1948, the Duke is reported to have said: “I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children. I’m nothing but a bloody amoeba.”

However, years later when memories of the Second World War had faded slightly from the minds of Britons, the Duke was finally permitted to pass on the Mountbatten-Windsor name to his grandchildren who were lower down the line of succession.

Royal expert and author Clive Irving touches on this compromise in his new book The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor which is due out on January 5.

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Mr Irving writes: “The title of The House and Family of Windsor would remain in place, but, with the arrival of any grandchildren whose position in the line of succession was low enough not to entitle them to be called ‘Royal Highness,’ their surname would be registered as Mountbatten-Windsor.”

While Eugenie and Jack’s royal baby could take Jack’s last name Brooksbank the couple could choose to honour Prince Philip by giving their child the Mountbatten-Windsor surname.

What is Princess Eugenie’s full name?

Princess Eugenie was born an HRH and her full name includes her royal title.

Eugenie’s full name is Eugenie Victoria Helena.

However, when she married Jack Brooksbank, her title was styled as Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York.

These days, she goes by HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank.

Eugenie and Jack have moved into Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s UK home Frogmore Cottage while the Sussexes remain in the USA.

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