Princess Eugenie as a mother: How the birth of her son impacts the Windsor line

This February 9, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child, a baby boy. While Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were delighted with the arrival of this ninth great-grandchild, as were Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, his maternal grandparents, the newborn sends some members of the royal family a little further down the order of succession.

They couldn’t have celebrated Valentine’s Day any better! A new royal baby has arrived in the Windsor household. Two years and three months after her lavish wedding to Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, gave birth to a baby boy at London’s Portland Hospital on the morning of February 9.

The same place where Meghan Markle had given birth to her son Archie in the greatest secrecy. Like this second cousin, the first child of the Brooksbank couple will not have a title, but for protocol reasons rather than by choice of his parents. Like his mother, the whimsical Fergie, Eugenie would like, according to her entourage, to give a “bohemian” education to her son. Nevertheless, the arrival of this ninth great-grandchild of Elizabeth II, very close to Eugenie, will upset the order of succession at the Windsor.

Since his birth, Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s child has occupied the 11th place in the order of accession to the throne. His birth has demoted several members of the firm, including the family of Princess Anne and Prince Edward. The Earl of Wessex, his children Viscount James and Lady Louise, as well as the eldest daughter of Elizabeth II, her son Peter Philipps and her daughter Zara Tindall, soon to be a mother for the third time, are further away from a royal future. Normal for Edward and his descendants, since he is the younger brother of Andrew.

More “unfair” for Anne and her lineage, since she is the second child of Elizabeth II and was born before Andrew, but she did not benefit retroactively from the change in the law giving priority to male heirs. This law was only revised in 2013, the year of the birth of Prince George, the eldest son of Kate Middleton and William. If Princess Beatrice, married since last summer to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, follows in the footsteps of her youngest daughter and becomes pregnant in her turn, it is a new downgrade that is announced, including for her beloved youngest daughter Eugenie and her child.

Sarah Ferguson in joy

“As it stands, Princess Eugenie’s baby will not have a title, and will not use the title of Her Royal Highness, as it is passed down through the male line and Jack Brooksbank has none,” columnist Emily Nash qualified in Hello. Unless Elizabeth II decides to intervene and offer a county to Princess Eugenie’s commoner husband…Not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of Sarah Ferguson who said she was delighted to welcome her first grandchild a few months ago. “I’m so excited,” said the Duchess of York. And in my 60th year, I can’t wait to be a grandmother. Welcoming a new baby into the family is going to be a time of deep joy.” Long live the newborn!




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