Congrats to Princess Eugenie!
The youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, and her husband, Jack Brooksbank (34), are expecting their first child.
The news was announced by the palace who released a statement, saying, "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.
"The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksband, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.
On her own Instagram page, Eugenie (30) shared two photos, writing, "Jack and I are so excited for early 2021..."
The pictures showed the happy couple holding up a pair of baby bear slippers, which could have been inspired by a wildlife park in Australia deciding to name two of their young koala bears after the couple.
Two joeys born at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park have been named Eugenie and Jack.
The princess promptly shared a “cheeky” video of a winking Eugenie on her Instagram page, writing that she and Jack feel so “honoured”.
“These two little baby koalas are living safely at Featherdale Wildlife Park in a wonderful habitat after the devastating bushfires earlier this year and we are honoured that they have been named after Jack and I,” the 30-year-old wrote.
“So proud to be a part of rebuilding and supporting these sanctuaries,” she added.
Turns out the princess has a long history with the park. She visited it for the first time in 2009 while on a gap year and has kept in touch since.
According to Featherdale Zoo director Chad Staples, Eugenie and Jack are “massive supporters”.
“They're dying to come back out, obviously when everyone can travel again,” he told Australia’s The Morning Show. “It’ll be great because that will help us to boost awareness around habitat and what we can do for them.”
Turns out Eugenie and her husband aren’t the only royals to have inspired animal’s names.
Eugenie’s uncle, Prince Charles, has had a rare tree frog named after him. Hyloscirtus princecharlesi, or the Prince Charles stream tree frog, was first discovered in Ecuador in 2008 and is named after the 71-year-old prince in recognition of his tireless work in protecting their rainforest habitat.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, Instagram, bbc.com