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Royal baby news: Why Princess Beatrice’s first child won’t get royal title from Queen

Princess Beatrice: Palace announces royal is expecting first child

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Princess Beatrice, 32, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are expecting their first child together this autumn, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Wednesday. Beatrice is the latest in a string of royals to celebrate baby news this year and her younger sister Princess Eugenie, 30, gave birth to her first child August Philip Hawke in February.

Why Beatrice’s baby won’t get a royal title from Queen

Beatrice and her sister Eugenie were raised with HRH styles and princess titles but are not working members of the Firm.

Their father Prince Andrew, 60, used to be a full time working royal but withdrew from royal duties in 2019 following a controversial interview about his friendship with deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Both Beatrice and Eugenie have careers outside the Royal Family and are expected to raise their children to do the same.

Beatrice is ninth in line to the throne and her relatively low place in the line of succession means her royal baby won’t be granted a title at birth.

A historical piece of law determines which royals get titles at birth and only Queen Elizabeth II’s children and grandchildren automatically receive them.

As Beatrice’s first child will be the 12th great-grandchild of the presiding monarch, they will not be known as a prince or princess or have an HRH style.

The same applies to any great-grandchildren of the Queen including Prince Harry and Meghan’s offspring.

Explaining why the Sussexes’ son Archie did not get a title, constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne previously told Express.co.uk: “Setting all other considerations or concerns aside, the matter of who enjoys the style ‘HRH’ and the title ‘Princess’ and ‘Prince’ is clear cut and determined by Letters Patent issued by George V in 1917.

“Under the terms of these Letters Patent any children of the Duke of Sussex, as great-grandchildren of the sovereign, would not automatically enjoy either style or title as they fall out with the established criteria.

“Upon the Prince of Wales succeeding to the throne, unless these Letters Patent are amended, then said children will automatically be able to assume both the style and title.”

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Princess Eugenie welcomed her son August Philip Hawke to the world on February 9 and is expected to raise her son as a private citizen.

Beatrice is highly likely to follow in her sister’s footsteps and also raise her children outside the royal spotlight.

The Royal Family shared Beatrice’s happy news in a statement on its official Twitter account on Wednesday.

The tweet read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year.

“The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.”

The news coincided with Harry and Meghan’s third wedding anniversary prompting some fans to speculate as to whether it was a subtle dig at the Sussexes who announced their first pregnancy on Eugenie’s wedding day in October 2018.

Reacting to the timing on Twitter, one fan wrote:  “I don’t think it’s accidentally that Princess Beatrice announced her pregnancy on Prince Harry & Meghan’s third anniversary”, followed by a side eyes emoji.

Another put: “I have to wonder why did the palace decide to announce Beatrice’s baby news today. On the Prince and Princess Henry of wales anniversary, how petty. Congrats though Beatrice.”

Beatrice’s happy news comes at a sad time for the Royal Family following Prince Philip’s death last month.

Their is speculation Bea could honour her late grandfather when it comes to naming her first child.

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