Prince Edward moves down the line of succession as Princess Eugenie announces pregnancy

With Princess Eugenie today announcing that she is pregnant with her second child, the line of succession to the British throne will be changing in the coming months.

Eugenie is currently 11th in line with her eldest child, one year old August, at 12th. His younger sibling will be born 13th in line, pushing the late Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son Prince Edward down to 14th.

The line of succession recently changed following the Queen's death when King Charles II ascended to the throne, and the other members of the royal family all moved up one.

Now a number of royals, including Princess Anne and Zara Tindall, will find themselves one step further down the line.

Buckingham Palace announced earlier today in an official statement that Princess Eugenie, 32, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 36, are expecting their second child.

The statement read: "Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are pleased to announce they are expecting their second child this summer.

"The family are delighted and August is very much looking forward to being a big brother."

Princess Eugenie herself later took to Instagram to post a heartwarming snap of her son August kissing her growing baby bump.

She penned: "We’re so excited to share that there will be a new addition to our family this summer."

Eugenie and Jack married in a lavish ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle four years ago.

The couple welcomed their first child, August, on 9 February 2021. At the time of his birth he was 11th in line to the throne, and is now 12th in line following the birth of his cousin, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, daughter of Eugenie's sister, Princess Beatrice.

The happy news has brought joy to the Windsors amid difficult times following the publication of the Duke of Sussex’s controversial tell-all memoir.

Eugenie has been said to be "keeping a foot in each camp" in regards to the royal 'feud' involving Prince Harry, 38, following his Netflix documentary, multiple interviews and his memoir Spare.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of The New Royals, exclusively told OK! that Eugenie and her mother Sarah Ferguson, 63, don’t appear to have picked a definitive side.

She said: "Eugenie along with her mother has been able to have a foot in each camp and I think unlike the palace staff who had to put their stake in one team or another, Eugenie has managed to tow that line.

“I suspect it’s something of a comfort to both Harry and William that if they’re not speaking directly, they might at least learn something about the other’s lives, not by tuning into Netflix, but from their cousin."


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