Why Princess Beatrice can't talk about being pregnant around the Queen

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

Princess Beatrice is the latest member of the royal family to announce that she's pregnant. The princess and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, shared their happy news via an official statement from the royal family last month, announcing that they will welcome their first baby together in the autumn. So it's safe to assume a pretty large proportion of Beatrice's headspace right now will involve thinking and talking about her unborn child.

But according to a source, the princess may have had to steer clear of using the word "pregnant" in any conversations she's had over the phone or in person with one very important person: her grandmother, the Queen. Reports suggest an insider once told Us Weekly that Queen Elizabeth finds the term "vulgar", and instead prefers pregnancy described as a woman being "in the family way". Well, well, well.

We all know Her Majesty lives by unusually strict rules and traditions, but if this one's true, it's particularly antiquated, don't you think? The word 'pregnant' is the medical terminology used by the NHS and most other healthcare bodies around the world, so it's interesting that it might offend the monarch. But then again, it's been a lot of years since Queen Elizabeth has been "in the family way" herself (57 years, to be precise), so perhaps it's just a time and modernity thing.

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Although we don't know for certain whether the Queen really does have a distaste for the word "pregnant," the phrasing used in the official announcements of royal babies in recent years would seem to be in keeping with the idea. The official statement announcing Beatrice's pregnancy 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."

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced in October 2018 that they were expecting their first baby, the announcement was similarly phrased. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019," a post on their former official Instagram account read.

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Very little is known about Beatrice's pregnancy, seeing as it has only recently been announced, but the royal baby (which will become Queen Elizabeth's 12th great-grandchild) is certainly being awaited with great anticipation. Commenting on a congratulatory post from sister-in-law Princess Eugenie about the pregnancy, father-to-be Edo Mapelli-Mozzi wrote on Instagram: "Thank you. So thrilled our little family is growing ❤️ "

Edo already has one child - a little boy named Christopher (nicknamed 'Wolfie') born in 2016, who he shares with his ex-partner Dara Huang. It's reported that Princess Beatrice loves being a stepmother to Wolfie, who served as best man at the couple's wedding in July last year.

Congratulations to Beatrice and Edo - we can't wait for the newest royal baby to arrive later this year!

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