Princess Beatrice‘s first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will reportedly be bestowed with a noble title at birth, but not from the British royal family.
In addition to being a multi-millionaire real estate tycoon, Mozzi is also an Italian Count. So when he married Beatrice, she technically became an Italian Countess in addition to being a British princess, meaning their child is entitled to inherit the honorific of Cont or Nobile Donna depending on the baby’s sex, according to Cosmo UK. But the newborn isn’t necessarily entitled to a British royal title, according to The Guardian, as under King George V’s 1917 letters patent only the grandchildren of the presiding monarch have the automatic right to the royal title of HRH and prince or princess, and both Princess Beatrice and her sister Princess Eugenie‘s children are Queen Elizabeth‘s great-grandchildren.
The couple announced that they are expecting their first child on Wednesday via a simple statement released by Buckingham Palace that read, “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi 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.” The new baby will be Mozzi’s second child, as he also has a 4-year-old son, Christopher, from his previous relationship with Dara Huang,. The baby will also be the Queen’s twelfth great-grandchild once Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome their second child in the coming weeks. The happy announcement comes ten months after Beatrice and Edoardo tied the knot in an intimate affair last July.
But while Beatrice’s child is guaranteed an Italian title, Eugenie is intentionally eschewing the designation for her first born, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. Sources told Vanity Fair last year that while Eugenie is technically bestowed with the title of “Her Royal Highness” through her birthright, she doesn’t want any titles for her children so that they can grow up to live a more “ordinary life.” The source explained, “Eugenie knows that 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.”
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