Who’s in Princess Eugenie’s new Mum tribe?
Lockdown has proved the perfect time to be pregnant – as has been evidenced by the ballerinas of the Royal Opera House, musicians, models and many-a-member of the social set announcing pregnancies in recent months. With nothing to physically attend – and certainly no risk of ‘fear of missing out’ with the most sought after events occurring over Zoom – a lockdown ‘baby boom’ (as previously predicted by the prime minister) has become a reality. And, quite particularly, amidst the inner realms of Princess Eugenie’s friendship group.
Princess Eugenie became a mother for the first time in February, giving birth to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line to the throne (after Eugenie herself). But who else has given birth – or is about to give birth – in Eugenie’s inner-circle, and is therefore a part of her ‘New Mum tribe’ (as it has been dubbed)?
First off, popstar Ellie Goulding – who hosted 2019’s ‘wedding of the year’ to husband Caspar Jopling at North Yorkshire’s spectacular Castle Howard. At first, keeping the pregnancy a secret, she announced the news in late February posing in a white Alberta Ferretti dress sat on the lip of her bathtub at home for Vogue. In an interview with the Telegraph, published in March, Goulding said: ‘Just a few more weeks to go and then I will be a mum. It still feels strange to say those words out loud.’ Princess Eugenie reportedly introduced Jopling and Goulding, so they have much to thank her for – Goulding has also been touted as a possible godparent to baby August.
Another close friend of Eugenie’s who is a very new mum is Molly Whitehall, comedian Jack Whitehall’s sister, who gave birth to daughter Peggy on 18 March. The girls were at Marlborough College together (the Duchess of Cambridge’s alma mater) and Eugenie was in attendance at Whitehall’s wedding to husband Toby Wilkinson last year that was fortunately squeezed in ahead of the pandemic truly taking hold.
Then there’s Pixie Geldof, who appeared in London’s sunshine last week with husband George Barnett in a long blue, floral silk dress showcasing her burgeoning baby bump. Pixie was one of the many VIP guests in attendance at Eugenie’s big 2018 wedding; Geldof and Eugenie reportedly bonded through their joint interest in philanthropy, partaking in the Pass On Plastic Experience in London’s Carnaby Street in June 2020.
In more royal circles, there has been a further string of babies and pregnancies. The Duchess of Sussex, announced she was pregnant with her second child around the same time Eugenie gave birth to August. Despite the geographical divide, Eugenie and Meghan are thought to have maintained close relations – which is not unsurprising given Eugenie and Prince Harry’s enduring friendship. Zara, Princess Eugenie’s first cousin, who is eight years her senior, gave birth to her third child last month, and Eugenie and Zara’s babies share a middle name, Philip (Zara’s new baby is called Lucas Philip Tindall), in a nod to their mutual grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Finally, there’s the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, 37, who recently gave birth to her second child, Grace Elizabeth Jane. Eugenie and Jack were in attendance at the intimate Berkshire wedding of Pippa and James Matthews, as they were guests a year later at Eugenie and Jack’s all-singing, all-dancing royal ceremony. While the girls would formerly spend nights out together, now they are more likely to bond over play dates with their children. The question is: who will be next in the new Mum brigade? We have our fingers-crossed it will be Princess Beatrice, Eugenie’s recently married older sister.
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