It’s been an exciting few months for the York family, with a royal wedding and a royal baby announcement in just a few months.
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank delighted fans when they announced they are expecting their first baby at the start of 2021, just 10 weeks after her big sister Beatrice said ‘I do’.
They shared their exciting news with a very modern Instagram post, showing them holding a pair of baby booties alongside the caption “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021….”
Many fans believe the timing of the sweet announcement, which they shared last week, may have seen Eugenie follow in her grandmother the Queen’s footsteps when it comes to an important royal rule, reports the Express.
The couple have said their baby is due in early 2021, which means it’s likely that she’s due in January, February or early March. If it’s any later, they probably would have said spring, which begins on March 20, in a similar style to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s annoucement.
This means Eugenie is probably past the 12 week stage when couples traditionally begin telling people, and recent photos show her with a growing bump.
Many fans believe she may of delayed her announcement to avoid overshadowing her older sister’s royal wedding – which, if true, is very sweet.
Princess Beatrice surprised everyone when she secretly married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, at a small service in Windsor in July.
The Queen and Prince Philip were among a small group of guests who were allowed to attend due to the government’s Covid-19 restrictions.
The date wasn’t made public before, and people only found out it was happening when the Queen and Prince Philip were seen driving to the ceremony.
While it’s probably not a set ‘rule’, it’s normal procedure in the royal family that key events are carefully scheduled so they don’t clash.
On a day-to-day basis, this applies to charity news and official engagements, however it also stands when it comes to big personal news – like engagements, weddings and pregnancy announcements.
It’s something the Queen takes seriously herself, so she’s likely to approve if Eugenie did decide to delay for this reason.
In 1960, when the Queen was pregnant with her third child, Prince Andrew, her younger sister Princess Margaret got engaged to Antony Armstrong-Jones.
But according to Anne de Courcy’s 2008 biography Snowdon: The Biography, they had to wait a while to share the news.
The Queen reportedly asked they told delay their announcement until after she had given birth, and they agreed.
Andrew was born on February 19, and Margaret and Antony made their announcement six days later on February 26.
However not all members of the royal have opted to wait.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were forced to announce their pregnancies early as Kate suffered extreme morning sickness and had to cancel engagements.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told the world they were expecting little Archie on the eve of their tour of Australia and New Zealand, just days after Eugenie and Jack’s wedding.
Insiders claim the Sussexes told people about the baby at the wedding itself, something which didn’t go down well with the bride.
In their new book about Meghan and Harry, Finding Freedom, royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write: “A source said [Princess Eugenie] told friends she felt the couple should have waited to share the news.”