PUBLISHED: 12:03, Fri, Sep 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:03, Fri, Sep 25, 2020
Beatrice, 32, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small ceremony in July this year, after her initial wedding was cancelled due to coronavirus. Meanwhile, Eugenie, 30, has now been married for two years, having married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018. Eugenie’s announcement today is perfectly timed to not steal Beatrice’s moment ‒ and this may not be a coincidence.
Indeed, it was reported last year that Eugenie may have been waiting for her sister to get married before starting a family.
A source told the Daily Express at the time: “Beatrice is desperate to get married as soon as possible and is already trying to fall pregnant.”
What’s more, royal protocol means Beatrice may have had to delay her engagement if Eugenie had fallen pregnant earlier, as this is what happened to Princess Margaret when the Queen fell pregnant with Prince Andrew.
In the Royal Family, big announcements tend to be spread out so that each can get the appropriate fanfare.
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Princess Eugenie may have waited for her sister Beatrice to get married (Image: GETTY / Benjamin Wheeler via GETTY)
Beatrice and Eugenie are said to be very close (Image: GETTY)
The Queen's sister, who died in 2002, had a turbulent love life and countless dead-end relationships.
When she finally found love with Antony Armstrong-Jones, the pair got engaged in 1960, but the Queen reportedly asked her sister to delay sharing the news of her marriage until the birth of her child.
Andrew was born on February 19, 1960 and a week later, on February 26, 1960, the engagement of Princess Margaret to Mr Armsotrng-Jones was announced from Clarence House.
So, it is possible that Eugenie, as the younger sister, was waiting for Beatrice to get married as an act of support.
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Cute booties posted on Eugenie's Instagram / Eugenie's wedding (Image: Instagram (Princess Eugenie) / GETTY)