Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have royal watchers in North America preparing to set their alarm clocks quite early to catch a first glimpse of the blushing bride-to-be. And while details are emerging over what their A-list guest list will look like and where their post-wedding reception will be, there’s definitely some confusion when it comes to their future royal titles.
Sarah Ferguson’s daughter will, in fact, remain a princess after she says “I do” to Jack on Oct. 12, but a little something special to commemorate their union could be added. "She will be styled either as HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs. [Jack] Brooksbank or she could choose not to use her husband's surname,” Marlene Eilers Koenig of Royal Musings blog told HELLO!. Given that Jack is not royal ( though he does descend from the Brooksbank baronets! ) and has no title to offer his future wife, taking his name would be her way to honour him if the 28-year-old is so inclined.
It’s a sweet gesture for her husband, 32, who will not be receiving a royal title of his own after they exchange vows at St. George’s Chapel. Because Eugenie is not technically a working royal, despite having charity commitments and patronages, a title offer is not extended to her spouse. “Jack will not be getting any title from the Queen,” Marlene explained. “The precedent was set by Princess Alexandra and the Hon. Mr. Angus Ogilvy in 1963. He turned down an earldom. Princess Anne and Mark Phillips also turned down an earldom from the Queen in 1973.”
Naturally, there’s a great deal of curiosity surrounding the couple’s future children. But will they be given royal titles, considering the fact that their mom is a princess but their dad is not a royal? Marlene also had an answer for this: “A princess cannot pass her rank to her children unless the Sovereign issues a Letters Patent, as George VI did in 1949 a few weeks before Elizabeth gave birth to Charles,” she told Harpers Bazaar. “If he had not done this, Charles would have been styled as the Earl of Merioneth (his father, the Duke of Edinburgh’s second peerage) and Anne would have been the Lady Anne Mountbatten. The kids would have gotten the royal upgrade the moment mom became queen in 1952.”