Does Princess Eugenie Want Children?

Princess Eugenie’s wedding was a huge day for the royal. Not only did she get to marry the love of her life, Jack Brooksbank, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also got to drop their news to the other royals while everyone was all gathered. On Oct. 12, we learned that Meghan was pregnant — and it left a lingering question on everyone’s mind: Now that she’s wed, is Princess Eugenie planning on having kids, too?

Here’s what we know about Princess Eugenie’s stance on having kids, as well as if her children will have royal titles if she decides to have them.

Sarah Ferguson says her daughter definitely wants kids

Princess Eugenie, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England.

Princess Eugenie, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

While we may have no official word from Eugenie regarding the prospect of children, her mother seems certain she can answer the question for her. Cosmopolitan notes during a BBC news program called The One Show, Sarah Ferguson arrived ready to answer plenty of questions ahead of her daughter’s royal wedding. And when the topic of children came to mind, Sarah wasn’t afraid to jump on it.

Sarah commented that she couldn’t wait to be a grandmother — and she also said that Jack and Eugenie are just as excited to have little ones of their own. “They are thrilled because I write children’s books and I’m a child – I haven’t grown up,” she said. And she clearly thinks they’ll be great parents, too, as she added that they’re “all about love” and “very inclusive.”

Will her kids have royal titles?

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pose in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace after they announced their engagement. | Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Since Eugenie’s a blood relative of the royals, it seems like her children would have royal titles. But Town & Country notes that’s actually not the case. Ahead of their wedding, royal historian Carolyn Harris told the publication, “Princess Eugenie’s children will not have titles unless the Queen decides to bestow an earldom on Jack Brooksbank.” And we now know that the queen did not give Jack a royal title, thus leaving him as a commoner.

Why must Jack become an earl for the Eugenie’s children to have royal titles? It turns out that royal titles pass down through the male lineage. If the father of the child has no title, then the child will not receive a title either.

Eugenie wouldn’t be the first royal to have children without titles, though. When Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, had children with her husband, the couple decided to decline giving their children titles of any kind.

Eugenie’s children will be a long way from the throne

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank | Heathcliff O’Malley – WP Pool/Getty Images

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice may have their royal titles — but they’re actually quite a ways away from the throne, and it’s unlikely they’ll ever see it. Harper’s Bazaar reminds us Beatrice is eighth in line and Eugenie is ninth. As it stands right now, Eugenie’s future child could be 10th in line to the throne. But since we’re sure Meghan and Harry are having kids, once their child is born, this also bumps Eugenie’s future child down. Not only that, but if her sister Beatrice gets married and has children — or if Harry and Meghan have more than one child, which many speculate they might — this also knocks Eugenie and Jack’s kids further down the line.

Without royal titles and being so far from the throne, will Eugenie’s children be totally forgotten about as members of the royal family? Since the family is so tight-knit, we have no doubt that the kids will get plenty of attention, too. We’ll all just have to wait for any signs of pregnancy before we get too excited about more little royals.

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