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Why Princess Eugenie's Children Likely Won't Have Titles

It all comes down to royal tradition.
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Princess Eugenie isn't set to marry her fiancé Jack Brooksbank until October 12, but her mother Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is already talking about royal babies. During a rare interview with the BBC, Fergie, as she's often called, said she feels "excellent" about the prospect of becoming a grandmother. "[Jack and Eugenie] are thrilled because I write children's books and I'm a child – I haven't grown up," she said.

Eugenie has yet to speak publicly about the idea of having children, but if and when she does choose to have kids, they'll differ from their mom in one specific way: Eugenie's children likely won't have royal titles.

"Princess Eugenie's children will not have titles unless the Queen decides to bestow an earldom on Jack Brooksbank," Raising Royalty author and royal historian Carolyn Harris tells Town & Country.

Given that there is no precedent for Brooksbank receiving an earldom or any other title upon his marrying Eugenie, he will likely remain a commoner, and so his children will be as well.

In the UK, titles pass down through the male line, and so if a child's father doesn't have a title, neither will the child, even if his or her mother is a Princess.

Harris uses the difference between Princess Margaret's children and Princess Anne's to illustrate how the inherited titles work.

Following his wedding to Princess Margaret in 1960, Antony Armstrong-Jones was granted an earldom by the Queen. His children were therefore styled as the children of an earl, she explains. But when Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips, "the couple declined a peerage of this kind that would have provided their children with titles," Harris says.

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"Princess Anne's children are therefore Mark Phillips and Zara Phillips (now Zara Tindall, following her marriage to Mike Tindall). Assuming that Jack Brooksbank does not receive an earldom, Princess Eugenie's children will not have titles."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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