Princess Eugenie has left hospital to begin family life with her husband Jack and their newborn son.
The first-time mother, 30, looked glowing as she was driven away from The Portland Hostpital by Jack Brooksbank, sitting in the back with their new arrival in his car seat.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughter flashed a smile and waved to photographers as she was driven away, looking fresh faced three days after welcoming her first baby with tequila boss Jack.
Dressed in a comfortable-looking £90 A-line tartan ‘Nap’ dress by Hillhouse, the new mother covered up against the chilly temperatures in a classic £785 Maxmara camel coat and kept one hand one her baby son to keep him calm as he embarked on his first care journey.
Snuggled up in a £240 Cybex car seat, the newest member of the British monarchy took the rear left passenger seat, while Princess Eugenie sat next to him, keeping a protective arm over her new son as the couple drove away.
This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The new baby will not have a royal title though, only the grandchildren of the monarch are automatically entitled to one.
It is not clear whether the couple are returning to their permanent home, Ivy Cottage at Kesington Palace, or Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where the couple spent time before Christmas after being loaned the home by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Princess Eugenie waved to the cameras as she left hospital to begin family life with her husband Jack and their newborn son. The first-time mother looked glowing in a £90 Hillhouse tartan A-line ‘Nap’ dress and camel coat as she sat next to her new baby on the back seat of the couple’s vehicle
New dad Jack Brooksbank was behind the wheel as he drove his family away from The Portland Hospital in Central London
Very precious cargo: Mr Brooksbank looked a little nervous behind the wheel as he negotiated Westminster’s streets this morning
The couple’s first child won’t get a royal title as only the Queen’s grandchildren automatically get one. It’s thought the Queen’s granddaughter and her husband are also keen for their son to have a ‘normal life’
The Queen’s granddaughter, 30, had husband Jack Brooksbank at her side at The Portland Hospital in central London where their son – the Queen’s ninth great grandchild – was delivered at 8.55am on Tuesday.
The new arrival, who is 11th in line to the throne, weighs 8lbs 1oz and the couple broke with tradition by immediately sharing a black and white photo to Eugenie’s Instagram of their baby boy, showing them holding his tiny hand.
Proud new mother Eugenie followed the post with three blue hearts after welcoming her son at the luxury private hospital where Meghan Markle also gave birth to her son, Archie.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank were delighted with the news, Buckingham Palace announced, adding that ‘Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well’.
Let the sleepless nights begin! Princess Eugenie has left hospital to begin family life with her husband Jack and their newborn son after giving birth on Tuesday. The new mother kept a firm grip on the Cybex baby carrier that the newest member of the royal family was carried to the couple’s car in
Princess Eugenie gave birth to her first child, a baby boy born on Tuesday at The Portland Hospital and broke with tradition by immediately sharing a black and white photo to Instagram of their new arrival, showing them holding his tiny hand
Eugenie beamed as she waved at well-wishers and photographers as she was whisked away from the central London hospital. While her newborn was firmly strapped into the rear left hand passenger seat, the 30-year-old princess sat in the middle with a protective arm over the baby’s car seat
Their new son – whose name has not yet been revealed – is Eugenie and Jack’s first child and the proud parents couldn’t hide their smiles as they drove away from hospital this morning
A Portland Hospital porter carries Princess Eugenie’s belongings from her short stay at the exclusive London hospital to a second awaiting car
A large bouquet of flowers and a pink jacket were among the items that followed the couple back to their home
It’s unclear whether the couple were bound for Fergie and Prince Andrew’s home on the Queen’s Windsor estate or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former home, Frogmore cottage, where they’ve spent recent weeks leading up to the birth
Lockdown birth: Princess Eugenie spent the final weeks of her pregnancy in lockdown in Windsor. RIght: a watchful eye – the new mother could barely take her eyes off her new son as they began their journey back to Windsor
Comfort: Back in December, Princess Eugenie delivered an online Christmas message for The Anti-Slavery Collective, wearing what is believed to be the same tartan Nap dress by Hillside that she left the Portland Hospital wearing today
Although Princess Eugenie’s baby son is 11th in line to the throne, he will not have a title nor an official royal role, meaning he won’t carry out any royal duties. Pictured, a graphic illustrating the order of succession. Princess Anne follows behind her younger brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward (not pictured) despite being older because of the system of male primogeniture, which was in place at the time of her birth but was revised in 2011
The tartan A-line ‘Nap’ dress worn by Princess Eugenie is clearly a favourite of the royal’s; she last wore it to deliver The Anti-Slavery Collective Christmas message shortly before Christmas in a four-minute video address.
The long cardigan-style camel coat, £785 by Maxmara, that finished Eugenie’s look as she left hospital offered a layer of warmth on a February morning where temperatures barely crept above zero degrees.
Princess Eugenie’s baby WON’T have a royal title
Princess Eugenie won’t accept a royal title for her baby if offered by the Queen because it is a ‘curse’ and she wants her child to have an ‘ordinary life’, a family friend told Vanity Fair in September.
A family friend of the couple revealed several months ago that titles ‘don’t matter’ to the couple, who will raise the child at their home of Kensington Palace, and said they just want ‘a happy healthy child.’
Speaking to Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl, the source revealed: ‘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.’
Sources also revealed the couple will choose an ‘ordinary’ name for their first born.
According to the regulations of the House of Windsor, Eugenie’s baby will not automatically be entitled to the HRH styling, which only extends to grandchildren of the monarch.
The source said even if the Queen offered a title as a gift, it was ‘not Eugenie or Jack’s desire; for their child to have a title.
Despite having royal titles, Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice are not currently considered to be senior working royals, because they do not carry out duties full time on behalf of the Queen.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother James Middleton was among the first to congratulate Eugenie and her husband, a tequila brand ambassador, writing on Instagram: ‘Such wonderful news’.
Sarah Ferguson and Lady Violet Diana Louise Manners both ‘liked’ the post, while Clarence House sent their well-wishes and penned: ‘Congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the birth of their son.’
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) charity, which treated Princess Eugenie for the rare condition of scoliosis when she was 12, also wrote: ‘Congratulations to our Patron, HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the birth of their baby boy. We are so delighted for you both and would like to wish you all the very best’.
The new baby is 11th in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William and his children George, Charlotte and Louis, Prince Harry and his son Archie, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie. The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward has been nudged down to 12th.
The Queen could bestow a title on her ninth great-grandchild if desired, but it will not be asked for, sources say.
Speaking to Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl, a source recently revealed: ‘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.’
The new mother is currently on maternity leave from her job as a director at Mayfair art gallery Hausery & Wirth, while Jack works for tequila brand Casamigos.
Earlier this week, the brand was quick to jump on the couple’s baby announcement, sending a press release 11 minutes after the Buckingham Palace missive, asking for reports to namecheck the company.
Casamigos – which was co-founded by Hollywood star George Clooney – sent out a press request that any mention of proud father Mr Brooksbank should include his ‘official title’.
Not a royal title, it must be stressed – he has resolutely stayed a Mr in spite of his marriage to the Queen’s granddaughter.
The statement read: ‘Due to the recent news surrounding the arrival of the Royal Baby from HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, we wanted to drop you a note to ask if you are to mention any further details about Jack Brooksbank that you use his official title: European Brand Director of Casamigos Tequila.’
Eugenie and Jack, spent lockdown at Fergie and Prince Andrew’s home on the Queen’s Windsor estate, but have recently spent time at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former home, Frogmore cottage.
The couple moved into the five-bedroom home in Windsor in November after a direct arrangement with the Sussexes.
However, it was reported that just six weeks later, they quit the Grade-II listed house and moved back to Kensington Palace.
It was understood that Eugenie and her cousin Harry reached a ‘private agreement’ over Frogmore Cottage though it is not known how long it will last.
At the time of the move, Harry and Meghan, who currently reside in an £11million mansion in California, said they were ‘delighted’ to ‘open up their home’ while they were in the United States.
Frogmore Cottage was gifted to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, by the Queen ahead of their wedding in May 2018, and remains their UK residence.
The move to Frogmore Cottage brought the couple closer to the Princess’s parents, who live four miles away at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, and less than a mile from Windsor Castle, where the Queen is spending lockdown with Prince Philip.
Eugenie and Jack had been living at Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.