Princess Eugenie is a matter of days or weeks away from giving birth, after announcing back in September that she's pregnant. The princess and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, will welcome a baby girl or boy this month, according to reports, so it's safe to assume a pretty large proportion of Eugenie'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 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.
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 Eugenie's pregnancy last year read: "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021."
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 the Kensington Palace Instagram account read.
Very little has been shared about Eugenie's pregnancy over the past few months, but according to HELLO! the royal baby, which will become Queen Elizabeth's ninth great-grandchild, is due in mid-February - so just a week or two to go!
In preparation for the birth, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are reported to have moved out of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Windsor home, the newly renovated five-bedroom Frogmore Cottage, to stay at the Royal Lodge with her parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. With the coronavirus pandemic still rife in the United Kingdom, and all the nations being in lockdown for a third time, it makes sense why the expectant parents might have wanted to move in with family ahead of the arrival of their first child, so they're not so isolated in the early days.
Congratulations to Eugenie and Jack - we can't wait for the newest royal baby to arrive!
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