Sophie Wessex news: Sophie and Edward’s household faces major succession change | Royal | News (Reports)


Members of the Wessex households will be bumped down the line of succession to the throne when Princess Eugenie gives birth to her firstborn. At the moment, Prince Edward immediately follows his niece in the line of succession to the throne.

The Earl of Wessex is currently 11th in line, while Princess Eugenie is 10th.

His children don’t have an HRH style but, much like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie, they are still included in the line of succession.

Lady Louise is currently 12th while her younger brother James is 13th in the line to the throne.

Sophie, who joined the Royal Family in 1999, does not have a right of succession to the throne as has acquired her title of Countess through marriage.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s baby, no matter whether it will be granted a royal title or not, will become 10th in line of succession after its birth.

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Princess Anne will also be impacted by the birth of Eugenie and Jack’s firstborn.

The Princess Royal is currently 14th in the line of succession – and within weeks will be pushed down to the 15th position.

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Similarly, her son Peter Phillips and daughter Zara Tindall will lose a position in the line to the throne.

Princess Eugenie and Jack enthusiastically announced they were expecting a child in late September.

The youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson took to her Instagram account to share a picture of herself and her husband smiling and another of a pair of baby shoes.

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She wrote as a caption, adding the emoji of a newborn: “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021…”

A more formal announcement was issued on the same day by Buckingham Palace.

It read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.

“The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.”

While Buckingham Palace is remaining tight-lipped on the due date of Eugenie, an insider has recently claimed the baby is expected by mid-February.

The palace has also not revealed whether the Queen will offer a title to the latest addition to the Royal Family and if Eugenie and Jack will accept it.

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Following their marriage, Sophie and Edward came to an agreement with the Queen stating none of their children would receive the His/Her Royal Highness style.

More recently, Sophie revealed the upbringing she and Edward have given to Louise and James makes it unlikely the children will ever use their royal styles in the future.

The Countess told day Times Magazine: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

“Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.

“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

Similarly, Princess Anne decided against giving her children a title, which granted Zara and Peter more normal lives far from the spotlight.


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