Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, announced they are expecting a baby just a few weeks before their second wedding anniversary. The couple are likely to choose a private London hospital for the birth and bookmakers have already compiled a list of possible names for the infant – from Alice and Alexander to Victoria and Arthur. But royal expert Marlene Koenig said the baby will not receive a title because Eugenie is not a working royal.
Asked whether Eugenie’s baby will receive a royal title, Ms Koenig told Express.co.uk: “Not at all.
“First of all, she’s not a working royal.
“Look at the precedence; with the exception of Prince Philip because he was married to the Queen.
“Anthony Armstrong James was not created Earl of Snowden until six weeks before Margaret gave birth to their son.”
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However royal commentators Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito believe Eugenie would reject the Queen’s offer for a royal title if given one.
Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, Ms Fiorito said: “About the title for the baby, do we know if they’re going to give their title? HRH?”
Ms Bowie replied: “It doesn’t seem so. They’ve declined. The Queen offered Jack a title when they got married but he said no then.
“I feel like that trend is going to continue with the baby.
“They don’t have to adhere to protocols when there’s no title.”
Royal author Omid Scobie believes the royal baby will come “quite soon”.
He said a hidden detail in the Buckingham Palace statement revealed a key clue about the due date.
Speaking on ABC’s Heirpod, Mr Scobie said: “Due quite soon by the looks of it.
“We had the statement from Buckingham Palace just before we started to record this show.”