Princess Eugenie royal baby: New mum ‘in bubble’ with Sarah Ferguson and Andrew
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Princess Eugenie, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, welcomed their first child to the world on the morning of February 9. A Buckingham Palace statement confirmed the royal baby boy had “arrived safely” and that he and Eugenie were “doing well.”
Eugenie and Jack are understood to be living at Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s, 36, UK home Frogmore Cottage having moved in before Christmas.
Eugenie is close to her big cousin Harry who is thought to have loaned her the residence while he and Meghan Markle, 39, remain based in the USA.
Frogmore is practically situated for Eugenie as it’s a short distance from her parents’ home the Royal Lodge in Great Windsor Park.
Despite having divorced in 1996, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew remain good friends and still live together.
While lockdown restrictions remain in place across England, Fergie and Andrew are understood to be using a loophole in order to spend time with Eugenie’s baby – their first grandchild.
Government guidelines allow families to form “bubbles” in order to help with childcare.
The official advice states: “If you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a ‘childcare bubble’.
“This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.”
This being the case Andrew and Fergie are able to be in a support bubble with Eugenie and her son without being in breach of the rules.
Writing in the Telegraph royal expert Camilla Tominey said: “It is certainly convenient that Eugenie and Jack are now based just a stone’s throw away from Windsor Castle, having moved into Frogmore Cottage following the departure of Harry and Meghan to the US almost a year ago. (Reports of them having moved out after six weeks appear wide of the mark.)”
She added: “It is understood the new parents will be spending a great deal of time at Royal Lodge, the Windsor home Prince Andrew shares with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, with whom they are now able to form a ‘support bubble’ following the baby’s birth.”
While Eugenie’s parents will be delighted to spend time with their new grandson, one member of the York family is likely to be missing out.
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Eugenie’s beloved older sister Princess Beatrice, 32, is currently based in London with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and might not be able to meet her nephew until lockdown is lifted.
One possible way Eugenie could get to introduce her son to her wider family before lockdown ends is by having a christening.
Some events classed under “communal worship” are allowed to continue during lockdown.
The Government lists christenings as one of these exceptions on its website.
The official guidance reads: “Places of worship can open, for limited permitted activities, in a manner that is safe and in line with social distancing guidelines.”
The guidance classes christenings among “significant life cycle events, outside of marriage ceremonies and funerals” and states: “Where such events are an element of communal worship they may continue, but they are subject to the requirements for communal worship set out above.”
The guidance adds: “Events to mark or celebrate a significant milestone in a person’s life, according to their religion or belief, such as events to celebrate a person’s birth (other than a birthday) or coming of age.
“Examples would include a christening or a naming ceremony. They do not include ‘celebrations’ or parties to mark these events.”
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