Why Princess Beatrice’s baby will have a title but sister Princess Eugenie’s son won’t

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Earlier this week Princess Beatrice welcomed her first child with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

A statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed the wonderful news that the husband and wife have welcomed a baby girl following their low-key wedding last summer.

The royal arrival, whose name we do not know yet, is Edoardo’s second child as he is father to five-year-old son Wolfie, whom he shares with his ex-fiancée Dara Huang.

The baby is also Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s second grandchild, after their younger daughter Princess Eugenie gave birth to son August in February.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the London Premiere of Apple’s acclaimed documentary “The Elephant Queen” on October 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Apple)

While August doesn’t have a title, his newborn cousin will.

The reason behind this is actually very straightforward and has nothing to do with the British Royal Family.

It is all down to new dad Edoardo, whose official title is Count. His family was part of the Italian nobility before Italy became a republic back in 1946.

The family do not use their titles in everday life, but still retain them. This means that his and Beatrice’s baby will be passed on the title of Nobile Donna, which translates to Noble Woman.

Titles are always passed down through generations from the father’s side of the family. So, because Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooskbank doesn’t have a title, then neither does their son.

The only way this would change is if the Queen decided to grant a peerage to Jack in the future.

The birth of Beatrice and Edoardo’s baby was announced via an official statement from Buckingham Palace on Monday afternoon.



It read as follows: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces.

“The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf.”