Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Royal Family shake-up: Princess Eugenie’s son August faces two major changes

Royal titles: A look at the British line of succession

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Princess Eugenie gave birth to her son on February 9. The firstborn of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank doesn’t hold a royal title but, as the son of a princess, he has a place in the line of succession to the throne.

And, given Eugenie is the daughter of one of the Queen’s children, August is just 11th-in-line to the throne.

However, he and his mother Eugenie are set to slip down the line twice before he turns one.

First, the little royal will change his position after the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter.

Much like Archie, it is unlikely Baby Sussex will have a title but, as the daughter of the sixth-in-line to the throne, she will become upon birth the eight-in-line, just after her brother.

Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting another baby in February and announced she would have been a baby girl during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Asked what was his first thought after realising his next baby would be a girl, Harry told Oprah: “Amazing. Just grateful, like any — to have any child, any one or any two would have been amazing.

“But to have a boy and then a girl, you know, what more can you ask for?

“But now, you know, now we — we’ve got our family.

“We’ve got, you know, the four of us and our two dogs, and it’s great.”

During this interview, Meghan and Harry said their baby was due in the summertime.

However, the Daily Beast has claimed in its Royalist newsletter Meghan could give birth “any day now”.

The birth of Baby Sussex will see Eugenie pushed down the line to the throne from the 10th to the 11th position and her son from the 11th to the 12th post.

And in autumn, Eugenie and August will slip down another position in the line to the throne after the birth of Princess Beatrice’s baby.

Buckingham Palace announced last week Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are expecting their first child.

The brief statement 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 announcement, perfectly in line with royal tradition, also included the families’ reaction to the happy news.

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

Hours after the news of the pregnancy was shared, Beatrice and Edoardo stepped out in London.

The 32-year-old princess was seen beaming alongside her spouse as they tucked into what looked like a cup of ice-cream.

The royals remained tight-lipped on the exact due date and sex of the child.

The baby will be August’s cousin and the second grandchild of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo were meant to get married in May last year but, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they were forced to postpone their nuptials.

They eventually tied the knot on July 17, during an intimate ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor in front of only a handful of guests – including Prince Philip and the Queen.

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