PRINCE Andrew is to be a grandad – with Princess Eugenie expecting her first child.
Eugenie today announced on social media: “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021…” and shared a picture of baby boots to accompany the news.
Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank announced the news on social media this morning [/caption]
The couple shared a picture of baby booties as they broke the news on Instagram[/caption]
The baby is expected to arrive in February, just four months before Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
Her parents, Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, both 60, are said to be “thrilled” by the pregnancy – which follows a torrid year for the disgraced Duke of York.
In a statement, Fergie said: “I am so excited by the news that Eugenie and Jack are expecting their first child.
Princess Eugenie wed Jack in 2018[/caption]
“Thrilled for them both and in my 60th year cannot wait to be a grandmother.
“Welcoming a new baby into the York family is going to be a moment of profound joy.”
The Queen and Prince Philip have also been told and are excited to welcome their ninth great-grandchild.
A source close to the family said: “This has been the tonic the whole family needed.
“Eugenie and Jack are delighted, and told Sarah and Andrew a couple of weeks ago. They were both utterly thrilled – it’s been a long time since the Yorks had some happy news, frankly.
“The news has also been welcome by the Queen, who is very close to Eugenie, and obviously has an extraordinarily strong sense of family.”
The Royal Family shared the news in a post on Twitter[/caption]
Jack and Eugenie met in 2010[/caption]
In keeping with royal tradition, Eugenie had child bridesmaids on her big day[/caption]
The 30-year-old Princess and wine merchant Jack, 34, married in October 2018 at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle – just months after her cousin Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.
They met in Swiss skiing resort Verbier in 2010, and in a joint interview on The One Show two years ago revealed Jack proposed while on holiday in Nicaragua.
Eugenie famously chose a low-cut Peter Pilotto wedding gown which showed off the prominent scar on her back, to help others with disfigurements.
The scar was the result of surgery she had as a child for scoliosis, in which two titanium rods were inserted into her back.
Prince Andrew walked Eugenie, centre, down the aisle – where she showed off her scoliosis scar[/caption]
Her father, who walked her down the aisle, is likely to be especially delighted with the news after what has been a difficult time for the Queen’s third born child.
He has spent the past year trying to clear his name after being heavily embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The Royal is currently under increasing pressure from the FBI to cooperate with them about his friendship with the late paedophile financier.
Earlier this month he held crisis talks with the Queen at Balmoral over his involvement in the scandal.
It comes after Virginia Giuffre accused British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell of arranging for her to have sex with Prince Andrew three times in 2001.
The prince is ‘thrilled’ with the news he’s due to become a grandfather[/caption]
Eugenie pictured with parents Andrew and Fergie as a baby[/caption]
Eugenie, right, is the younger of Andrew’s daughters[/caption]
She was then 17. Andrew has always denied the claims – and his lawyers insist he has repeatedly offered to speak to the US authorities.
As a result of the scandal, the prince has kept a determinedly low profile for almost a year.
And he officially stepped back from public life last November after a disastrous interview with Emily Maitlis on Newsnight.
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Eugenie’s sister Princess Beatrice, 32, became the first ever royal stepmother after marrying Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret lockdown ceremony earlier this year.
The Covid-secure event took place in All Saints Chapel, Windsor, back in July.
Edo shares a son named Christopher or ‘Wolfie’, born in 2016, with ex-fiancee Dara Huang.
Eugenie’s sister Beatrice, right, became a stepmother earlier this year[/caption]
Eugenie, left, snapped with her parents and sister Beatrice on a skiing holiday in 2001[/caption]
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