Congrats are in order for Queen Elizabeth II’s grandaughter Princess Beatrice. The palace announced that Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who were married on July 17, 2020, are expecting their first child together. This will be the second child for Edo who has one son with his ex Dara Huang.
After the news broke, it was reported that Bea and Edo’s baby will have a title which had some wondering why their child will when Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie’s son does not have one. Here’s the reason for that, plus why some believe the date the royals chose to announce that Beatrice is expecting was no coincidence.
Beatrice’s pregnancy announced on Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding anniversary
A statement about the baby news on the royal household’s Instagram account said that Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York‘s oldest daughter and her husband are “are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year. The queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.”
Many royal watchers believe the timing of the announcement on May 19 was no accident as it was revealed on Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex‘s third wedding anniversary. This was seen as deliberate because as you may recall, the Sussexes informed the royal family that they were expecting their first child at Princess Eugenie’s wedding which reportedly upset the bride’s parents and Beatrice.
Royal expert and author Duncan Larcombe told The Sun the timing was “not a simple oversight.”
Why Princess Beatrice child will have a title but Eugenie’s son doesn’t
Princess Beatrice and Edo’s son or daughter will have a title to go with their name. Some found this new interesting since Eugenie’s son, August, who was born Feb. 9, 2021, does not.
There was speculation that perhaps the queen changed a royal rule or she was granting a courtesy title but that’s not the case. The actual reason has to do with Beatrice’s husband, not his in-laws.
Prior to August’s birth, Hello! quoted royal editor Emily Nash saying: “Princess Eugenie’s baby will not have a title, or use the HRH style, because these are passed down the male line and Jack [her husband] does not have a title.”
Edo, however, does have a title due to his lineage and is actually an Italian count.
What Beatrice’s baby’s title will likely be
In addition to being a British princess upon her marriage to Edo, Beatrice became a countess as well. Edo’s father, Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, confirmed that and their future children’s titles to the Daily Mail.
“Edoardo is the only male descendent taking the family into the next generation,” he explained. “He is a count, his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna.”