Eugenie gave birth to her and Jack Brooksbank’s first child earlier this week. However sources say the Queen’s granddaughter will not ask for a title for her son and instead wants to focus on being a mother and her career rather than taking on more royal duties.
A friend told the Daily Mail Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice – who married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi last year – plan to keep their families out of the spotlight after the scandal over their father Prince Andrew’s association with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In the past, the Duke of York has pushed for his daughters to have a more prominent royal role.
And speculation was high that Beatrice and Eugenie could step up after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit as working royals.
The friend said: “Eugenie is adamant that she wants to keep her child out of the limelight as much as possible.
“Yes, she will still work with charities that are close to her heart, like the Scoliosis Association, but she won’t be taking over patronages left over by Harry and Meghan, and she won’t be standing in for them at public events.”
The source added that the Yorks have “resigned” themselves to being sidelined in the Royal Family.
They said: “It’s a very difficult situation and the girls will continue to support the charities that are close to their hearts and do an incredible amount of work for them, but that will be the extent of it.”
Eugenie gave birth to her tot, weighing 8lbs 1oz, at The Portland Hospital at 8.55am on Tuesday with her husband present.
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Eugenie and Beatrice were both born at the private hospital in London.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen, Prince Philip, Sarah Ferguson, Andrew and Jack’s parents were “delighted”.
A statement said: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, February 9 2021, at 8.55am at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.
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“This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to have privately congratulated the new parents.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla took to social media to share a message for Eugenie and Jack.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall said: “Congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the birth of their son.”
And in a sweet Instagram post, Eugenie and Jack posted a black and white snap of their hands holding their baby’s tiny arm.
The proud parents have not yet revealed their son’s name.
Traditionally members of the Royal Family tell the Queen first before making an announcement.
Bookmakers have James and Philip among the favourite monikers.