What Happens After Princess Eugenie Marries A Commoner?
Oh the things we give up for love...
In just a few hours’ time Princess Eugenie will walk down the aisle to marry her long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank.
But with love comes sacrifice -- often more so as a royal -- and it appears Eugenie will be giving up an important part of her heritage once she officially ties the knot.
Apart from Jack not expected to be handed any title by the Queen, once Eugenie becomes Mrs Brooksbank, no royal title will ever be bestowed upon any of their children.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express that any children Eugenie gives birth to will not become a prince or a princess because royal titles are inherited through sons, and not daughters.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Unless the Queen grants Jack Brooksbank a title, which is not expected, their children will not have titles as a princess can’t pass hers down.”
Isn't that kind of ... dated?
Well, yes, it is.
It's royal tradition that a woman will take her husband's title and not the other way around. This all became very official in 1917, when the Queen's father, King George V, issued the right with a Letters patent.
That said, things can change -- and the Queen may even end up having a change of heart -- just like she did for Prince William and Duchess Kate.
When Kate was three months pregnant with Prince George, the Queen issued a new Letters patent which declared that: “All the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”
So, basically that means that any children Charlotte may have will get a royal title, even if she does marry a commoner.
What about Jack -- will he get a title?
At this stage all signs are pointing to no.
There have been a few minor giveaways in the lead up to the wedding which suggest that Mr Brooksbank will remain plain ol' Mr Brooksbank after marring the Princess.
A storm in a teacup
If you look closely you'll notice that the pair's official tea cups don't come with joint monograms -- instead the E and J are separate.
That wasn't the case in either William and Kate's marriage, or Harry and Meghan's. OK, while this isn't a smoking gun it does suggest that Eugenie and Jack's marriage will be treated a little differently ... royally speaking, of course.
Eugenie's dad didn't bother pushing for Jack to get a title
Yeah, so this one goes back a little bit: Back in 2016 speculation was rife that Eugenie was engaged to Jack. Apparently her dad, Prince Andrew, started getting worried about that Letters Patent that we spoke about earlier, and asked his brother, Prince Charles, to let his daughter's future husbands become earls.
That report ended up being total fabrication, with Prince Andrew ultimately releasing a statement confirming that he never "asked for any future husbands of the Princesses to have titles".
Eugenie isn't a working royal and Jack won't be either
What's a working royal you ask? Well, it's someone whose full-time job is to carryout official royal duties and tours on behalf of the family.
Think Wills and Kate, and now Harry and Meghan. That's primarily because they're closer in line to the throne.
But Eugenie and Jack have pretty normal jobs -- he's a brand manager for the tequila company Casamigos (which is expected to flow at the wedding), and she's an associate director at London art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
So while Eugenie isn’t a working royal’ and didn’t require the Queen’s permission to marry Jack, she is still expected to keep her title after the nuptials -- and even has the option to take her new husband’s last name.
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