Why Princess Beatrice’s new daughter will get a royal title while sister Princess Eugenie’s son will not

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The daughter of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will get an Italian title to her name. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The daughter of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will get an Italian title to her name. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The youngest member of the royal family is entitled to a title – and it has nothing to do with her ties to The Firm.

Princess Beatrice gave birth to her daughter on 18 September and while the baby girl’s name has not yet been announced, she will in all likelihood receive a title from her father Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s side of the family.

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The 38-year-old real-estate entrepreneur descends from Italian aristocracy.

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Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is an Italian count, which means his children get the titles of count or nobile donna (noble woman). (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

His father is Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi (70) and, shortly before his son’s 2020 wedding to Beatrice, he told the media Edoardo was the only male descendent taking the family into the next generation.

'He is a count – his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna [noblewomen]'
Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi

Traditionally the titles of His or Her Royal Highness are passed down only from the father’s side of the family, regardless of whether their mother is a princess or not.

This explains why the son of Beatrice’s younger sister, Princess Eugenie, does not have a royal title as the 31-year-old is married to a commoner, Jack Brooksbank.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at a fundraiser in September 2021 hosted by Niall Horan for the Black Heart Foundation in Watford, England. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The only way this can change, explains Raising Royalty author and royal historian Carolyn Harris, is if the “queen decides to bestow an earldom on Jack Brooksbank”.

However, neither he nor Mozzi were given earldoms (or peerages) on their respective weddings – the time they are traditionally bestowed.

Since marrying Edoardo, Beatrice’s title has changed somewhat.

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Beatrice with her parents, Prince Andrew, and Sarah, Duchess of York, at the Ascot races in June 2018. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Her previous title of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York (a reference to her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York) has now become Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Sources: people.com, hellomagazine.com

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