From Breastfeeding to Words She Can’t Say: Royal Rules Pregnant Princess Eugenie Must Follow

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank announced on Sept. 25 that they are expecting their first child together. Now, that the princess is having a little one she’ll need to follow the same pregnancy and post-baby rules other members of her family have.

Here are some of those royal rules.

Princess Eugenie
Princess Eugenie | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Royal women didn’t breastfeed their babies in the past

In centuries past, royal ladies did not breastfeed their babies. Most, including Queen Victoria and Princess Margaret, reportedly found it “distasteful.” 

However, The Mirror noted that Queen Elizabeth II went against the royal rule and did breastfeed her kids. Princess Diana followed the monarch’s lead by doing the same with Prince William and Prince Harry.

It’s been reported that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also breastfed her children as did Meghan, Duchess of Sussex when she had baby Archie. So with no rule in place these days it will totally be up to Princess Eugenie if wants to or not.

Eugenie won’t reveal the sex of her baby before the child is born

 Princess Eugenie
Princess Eugenie | Ricky Vigil M/GC Images

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Princess Eugenie will likely follow in the footsteps of other royals by not revealing the sex of the child until after he or she is born.

The gender of a royal baby is usually kept secret during pregnancy. Sometimes even the parents want to be totally surprised as was reportedly the case with Prince Louis since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not find out the sex beforehand.

Royals don’t typically have baby showers

Expectant royal mothers typically don’t have baby showers for a specific reason.

“Baby showers are reported to be frowned upon and not celebrated in the royal family, as they could appear to be tasteless,” ABC‘s royal expert Victoria Arbiter explained. She added that because royals are so wealthy throwing “a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate …There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie | Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)

However, that rule went out the window when the Duchess of Sussex had a lavish baby shower in New York City while she was pregnant. So with that in mind, Princess Beatrice may choose to throw her little sister a party before Eugenie’s baby arrives.

This person will be the first to know when the child is born

You might not think that a newborn’s great-grandmother would be the highest name on the list of people to call immediately following the birth. But when the child’s great-granny is Queen Elizabeth things are a little different. The first person to know about the birth of any royal baby is always the queen.

The monarch must be notified before siblings, friends, and even the child’s grandparents. After the birth of each of his children, Prince William reportedly contacted the queen right away via an encrypted phone to share the news.

The word Eugenie can’t use around her grandmother

Princess Eugenie and Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Eugenie and Queen Elizabeth II | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

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The royal family matriarch has been around plenty of expectant mothers in her life, but none of them could utter the word “pregnant” because the queen considers it vulgar to say.

So just how should women expecting be referred to in front of the queen? According to Us Weekly, instead of “pregnant” Queen Elizabeth says those ladies are “in a family way.”