The royal bride-to-be shows off her baby bump just four weeks be­fore her wed­ding

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Princess Eu­ge­nie is set to be­come the Bri­tish monar­chy’s first preg­nant bride in modern history if palace in­sid­ers are to be be­lieved.

In­deed the 28-year-old royal, who’s mar­ry­ing wealthy busi­ness­man Jack Brooks­bank in a lav­ish cer­e­mony at St Ge­orge’s Chapel in Wind­sor on Oc­to­ber 12, was seen look­ing de­cid­edly bumpy for a woman who’s been on an in­ten­sive pre-wed­ding diet and work­out reg­i­men since she an­nounced her en­gage­ment in Jan­uary.

And palace aides have re­vealed a preg­nancy would come as no sur­prise – Eu­ge­nie’s long­ing to be a mum!


Those who spot­ted the royal go­ing about er­rands in Lon­don last week tell us, “She was wear­ing the clas­sic dress any woman would if they were try­ing to hide a baby belly, but when the wind struck up, it seemed ob­vi­ous she was try­ing to hide a bump.”

If Eu­ge­nie is an ex­pec­tant mum, it would mean she’d be­come the first royal to say, “I do” while al­ready preg­nant.

“Eu­ge­nie couldn’t wait to be­come a mother, and if they have fallen preg­nant un­ex­pect­edly she’d ar­gue it may not be the most tra­di­tional way to be­come a royal par­ent, but no one can claim it’s a shot­gun wed­ding, since they were al­ready en­gaged when she con­ceived,” says a close friend of the princess.


Un­for­tu­nately for Eu­ge­nie, her grand­mother Queen Elizabeth II, 92, isn’t so for­ward think­ing.

“The Queen’s heard the ru­mours and is fum­ing. She’s wait­ing for her grand­daugh­ter to pick up the phone – or bet­ter still come and tell her the truth her­self,” re­lays our in­sider. “The Queen feels like she’s earned the right to en­joy her twi­light years with­out scan­dal and the last per­son she ex­pected to af­fect that was her usu­ally very well be­haved grand­daugh­ter.”

But sources say Eu­ge­nie will ar­gue the toss. If it’s ac­cept­able for Prince Harry to marry a di­vorcee [Meghan Markle], then she doesn’t see why it’s not OK for her to be ex­pect­ing a child with Jack, 32 – the man she plans to spend the rest of her life with.

One thing’s for sure, though – Eu­ge­nie has al­lies in her mother, Duchess of York Sarah Fer­gu­son and fa­ther Prince An­drew, both 58, and sis­ter Princess Beatrice, 30.

“They’re a united front as a fam­ily. Fergie will stick up for her girls un­til she’s blue in the face – she re­fuses to let the royal

fam­ily’s out­dated views bring her daugh­ters down like they tried to do to her,” says the in­sider.

“Plus, she feels like she’s been wait­ing for­ever to be­come a grandma. She can’t wait for her girls to have chil­dren, no mat­ter how they ar­rive. And An­drew is sup­port­ive, too.”

“In­wardly he’d have pre­ferred Eu­ge­nie to be mar­ried be­fore she fell preg­nant but if it comes out that she is preg­nant be­fore her wed­ding, it’s a brand-new way to ce­ment the Yorks into the history books as the most modern roy­als of all,” an­other royal in­sider ex­plains.

“Eu­ge­nie will make a great mum and she and Jack are head-over-heels in love.”

‘Fergie has been wait­ing for­ever to be a grandma’

Eu­ge­nie and Jack have been to­gether for about seven years. Her Majesty has old­fash­ioned values. ...BUT THE QUEEN IS NOT! FERGIE IS THRILLED...

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