Princess Eugenie Is Forbidden From Saying This 1 Word Around Queen Elizabeth Now That She’s Having a Baby

Another royal baby is on the way but mom-to-be Princess Eugenie needs to watch what she says in front of Queen Elizabeth II.

On Sept. 25, the queen’s granddaughter and her husband of two years, Jack Brooksbank, announced that they were expecting their first child together. Now that Eugenie is having a baby, she needs to be very careful not to say one specific word in front of the monarch.

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

Queen Elizabeth’s reaction to the news

Upon hearing the happy news, it was reported that Prince Harry contacted Princess Eugenie with a congratulatory message from him and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Several of Eugenie’s other family members commented on the news via social media including her brother-in-law, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and her mother Sarah, Duchess of York.

Queen Elizabeth also reacted to the announcement via a message which was shared on the royal family’s Instagram account

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

Word Princess Eugenie isn’t allowed to say around her grandmother now

Princess Eugenie and Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Eugenie and Queen Elizabeth II | Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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While the queen is “delighted” that she will have another great-grandchild, there is one word Eugenie is not permitted to say around her and that is “pregnant.”

The monarch 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 expectant mothers be referred to in front of the royal family matriarch?

According to Us Weekly, instead of “pregnant” Queen Elizabeth says those women are “in a family way.”

Other words no can use in front of the queen

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret | Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images

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Another thing that shouldn’t be said around the queen since she interprets it as a curse word is “pardon.” Kate Fox, who authored the book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, explained that people should say “Sorry?” or “Sorry, what?” if they didn’t catch something that was said.

And it’s not just Queen Elizabeth, there are a few common words no one was permitted to say in her sister’s presence either.

Princess Margaret wasn’t of a fan of saying “scrambled eggs” so she banned her entire staff from using the words and had everyone call them “buttered eggs” instead. Margaret also disliked the word “material” so she told her staffers to just refer to that as “stuff.”

When it came to table settings, the Countess of Snowdon couldn’t stand to hear the word “placement” so she would have her aides say “place a table” instead.