I admit it can be very confusing when trying to keep track of the Royals. Especially when it comes to who gets a title and who doesn’t. For instance, did you know that Princess Anne’s children do not have titles?
Although Zara and Peter Phillips had every right to be known as ‘Princess’ and 'Prince,’ they were NOT given the royal titles for one unexpected reason: their mother - the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth - requested it. Her plan was to give the children a more normal upbringing and felt that having no titles would help them do that.
Yet, Princess Anne's brothers, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew elected to give their children those same titles, and now the world knows them as Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie.
And we have seen that the wives of those Princes were given titles of their own when they married into the Royal Family. Kate Middleton is now the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle is the Duchess of Sussex.
So one could conclude that whenever a grandchild of the Queen marries, they and their spouses are given titles, right?
Well, not exactly. Take, for example, the upcoming wedding of Prince Andrew’s younger daughter, Princess Eugenie. On October 12th, she will wed fiancé Jack Brooksbank.
Her ceremony will be no less ‘royal’ or extravagant than her cousin Prince Harry’s May 19th nuptials to Meghan Markle. But there will be one stark difference between the two.
It is highly unlikely that Jack will receive a royal title once he and Eugenie become husband and wife. Doesn't quite seem fair, does it?
"There is no precedent for giving a peerage to the commoner husband of a princess on the wedding day," a royal historian and writer of the Royal Musings blog, tells Town and Country.
According to the BBC, “Eugenie 'will keep her royal title when she marries Mr. Brooksbank,’ but she will have the ‘option’ to take his last name.”
“In late 2016, it was rumored that Prince Andrew had asked the Queen to give his daughter's future husbands earldoms, but he has since wholeheartedly denied the speculation, saying the reports had ‘no basis of fact.’”
Prince Andrew spoke out after the story circulated, “It is a complete fabrication to suggest I have asked for any future husbands of the Princesses to have titles," he wrote in a statement. (Photo, below: Prince Andrew with daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in 2011)
According to Town and Country, “Buckingham Palace has yet to comment either way, but other additional details about the upcoming royal wedding are being shared with the press.
Last week, it was announced that Jack and Eugenie would have a carriage ride around Windsor, much like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did back in May. They have also invited the public to be a part of their celebration.
So, as with many issues concerning the Royal Family, we will just have to wait and see how it all pans out. No matter what is decided about the titles, there is no question that the couple looks forward to their lives together.
And that will all start on October 12th in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. We can hardly wait!