Princess Eugenie to 'remain' at Windsor estate says expert
Reports claim the Royal couple’s baby will be born in mid-February, after they announced Eugenie was pregnant in September. Taking to her Instagram, Eugenie said at the time: “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021….” Historically, royals have to abide by a set of rules for the birth of a baby, including regulations on town criers and strict secrecy.
Pregnancy announcements are usually made 12 weeks, at the end of the first trimester.
Royal staffers on hand to deliver the baby must keep details of the pregnancy secret until an official announcement is made.
When Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Prince George in 2013, she had a massive 20 person team of experts.
Two obstetricians, three midwives, three anaesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, two special care staffers, four paediatricians, one lab technician for blood tests, and three or four managers were on hand for George’s birth.
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Queen Elizabeth II must also be the first royal to know about the birth of a royal baby before any official announcement is made.
Prince William used an encrypted phone to call his grandmother about George’s birth after several hours.
Vanity Fair reported at the time Kate’s family, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry were then called later.
After the royals are informed about a birth, a town crier shouts the news outside of the hospital, and an easel with details of the baby is placed outside of Buckingham Palace.
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But Eugenie is expected to snub one tradition set by her aunt Princess Anne, where she gave birth to Peter Philips at the Lindo Wing, at St Mary’s Hospital in 1977.
Sarah, the Duchess of York gave birth to Eugenie and Princess Beatrice at Portland Hospital for Women and Children as it was “entirely private”.
It meant Eugenie’s mother “became the first member of the Royal Family to go anywhere other than a National Health Service hospital”, with the expecting royal likely to follow in her footsteps.
Anne was the first royal to give birth in a hospital, with her and baby Zara Tindall photographed together on the Lindo Wing steps in 1981.
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Eugenie has also been tipped to want a more “private life” for her and Jack’s baby.
Marlene Koenig, royal expert, said to Express.co.uk Eugenie is in a better position to give her child a “peaceful life” as the “baby will be a great-grandchild of a sovereign, not even a grandchild of the sovereign".
Cosmopolitan also reported: “Eugenie knows a title can be a curse as well as a blessing, and she and Jack want their child to live an ordinary life and eventually work to earn a living.
"Titles really don’t matter to Jack and Eugenie, they just want a happy, healthy child."