Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were married in October 2018 and today expanded their family after Eugenie gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. The couple shared the happy pregnancy announcement and today shared the first touching image of their son. But will the royal baby Brooksbank be entitled to use a prince title?
Buckingham Palace shared a statement about the arrival of the new baby boy earlier today.
The statement reads: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, February 9, 2021, at 8.55am at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present.
“The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.
“This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
The baby boy has not yet been given a name.
The official naming announcement is often the opportunity when members of the Royal Family reveal the chosen titles or lack thereof for their child.
The bouncing royal baby is 11th in line to the throne and the Queen’s ninth great-grandchild.
The newborn has replaced Prince Edward’s position in the line of succession, meaning he is now 12th and his children are 13th and 14th.
The baby boy is the first great-grandchild of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
The Duchess of York shared her joy at the news in a statement: “I am so excited by the news that Eugenie and Jack are expecting their first child.
“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.”
However, due to the legal precedent outlined in the letters patent issued by King George V in 1917, only the grandchildren of sons of any Sovereign are entitled to use the prince or princess title.
The clause reads: “The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales).”
But it is within the Queen’s power to provide other royals with a title if she wishes.
Sources close to the royals have long suggested Eugenie does not wish to request or accept a title for her child, even if she were offered one.
An insider told Vanity Fair: “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.”
Of all the Queen and Prince Philip’s nine great-grandchildren, only three use official prince or princess titles: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall, Lena Tindall and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor do not use the prince or princess royal title.
Although Baby Brooksbank is unlikely to have a Prince title, it is possible he will be given other titles in the future.
For instance, the baby boy may one day take on his grandfather’s Duke of York title.
Neither of Prince Andrew’s daughters are permitted to inherit his Duke of York title due to an old-fashioned rule which remains in effect in the UK.
Traditionally, the eldest child of a titled person would inherit their titles upon their death, but due to British law, this is not possible.
The laws of male primogeniture mean that hereditary peerages, such as dukedoms, can only be passed onto sons and not daughters.
Therefore, Prince Andrew’s dukedom cannot pass to his daughters but could instead be passed to his grandson one day.
The Letters Patent for the 1986 creation of the Dukedom of York says the title will be inherited by “heirs male of the body.”
However, the only way Princess Eugenie’s child will only be if the Queen bestows an earldom on Mr Brooksbank, which seems highly unlikely as there is no precedent for such a move.
— to www.express.co.uk