Welcome to another Royal Wedding issue of Royal Life, and whilst the marriage of Princess Eugenie to her long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank was not as high profile an affair as Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle in May, it was still a spectacular, star-studded celebration.
On Prince Harry’s wedding day he became a Duke and his new wife became the Duchess of Sussex. Princess Eugenie and her new husband do not, however, inherit any new titles because only sons and grandsons of the monarch receive Royal dukedoms. So when Princess Eugenie (born Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York) got married, there was no precedent for her to be named the duchess of any realm. And as a female, she isn’t eligible to inherit her father’s Dukedom of York.
It is the Queen’s prerogative to make an exception, but this was always going to be unlikely. While Her Majesty is very fond of both Princess Eugenie and her older sister, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie is not engaged full-time in the career of being a member of the Royal Family – and she has said that it already “bugs” her being called a Princess!
Talking of inherited titles brings us neatly to the subject of Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby news. The official announcement was made by the Palace two days after Princess Eugenie’s wedding, by which time the happy couple were already half a world away in Australia – you can check out their amazing adventures down under in this very issue.
The bookmakers have already started taking bets on what the name of the child will be, with Victoria and Alice leading the list of girls’ names and Albert tied with Arthur and Philip if it’s a boy.
As for the title that the new arrival inherits, well if Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby is a boy, it will automatically be given the title of The Earl of Dumbarton. This is a title that was given to Prince Harry by the Queen on the day of his wedding.
If the Royals have a daughter, she could well be called by the title of Lady Mountbatten-Windsor. Any subsequent sons would be named Lord Mountbatten-Windsor. We are all still in the dark as to when Meghan’s baby is due but the media seem to have settled on April for some reason.
Well, for one reason actually, a deduction worthy of Hercule Poirot, and you can decide for yourselves what you think of it. Whilst supporting Prince Harry at an Invictus Games event in Australia, the mother-to-be was looking elegant as usual in a white jacket over her black shirt. She wore beautiful jewellery to finish off the look – and the eyes of clue-seekers were drawn towards the rings on her right hand. Meghan wore three stacked rings, each with a gemstone, which have led to much speculation that it had a special meaning to do with the baby’s birth.
As Meghan’s birthday is in August and Prince Harry’s is in September, some thought the green and blue gems at the top and bottom of the stack were their birthstones of green peridot and blue sapphire. The gem sandwiched in the middle band looks to be diamond, which is the birthstone of the month of April. It’s as good a clue as any, but we prefer to wait for the official announcement, which we are sure will not be long now.
Included in this issue:
- The Celebrations Continue with a Star-Studded Royal Wedding
- Competition – Royal Christmas with Olga Thomas
- Highlighting Animal Conservation – Prince William’s African Tour
- Meet Royal Warrant Holders – Victoria Carpets Ltd
- Their First International Tour Together – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Down Under
- Connecting with the Countryside – Prince Charles in Northumberland and Scotland
- Celebrations for the Nation – Royal Weddings at Windsor
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