Queen's dilemma over royal baby announcement exposed

QUEEN ELIZABETH II was faced with a difficult dilemma over a royal baby announcement.

PUBLISHED: 14:24, Fri, Sep 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:25, Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Today Princess Eugenie announced that she is pregnant and that her baby is due in early 2021. The happy news comes nearly two years after she wed her beau, Jack Brooksbank, in October 2018. Luckily for Eugenie, there was no clash of announcements because her sister Princess Beatrice got married in July this year.

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However, the Queen was not so lucky and was faced with a very difficult decision when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew.

During her third pregnancy, the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret got engaged to Antony Armstrong-Jones but their announcement looked to clash with the birth of the Queen’s second son.

The Queen was therefore forced to ask her sister to delay her announcement until after the birth.

The reason this was such a hard thing for her to ask was because Margaret, who died in 2002, had had a very turbulent love life up to that point.

READ MORE: Princess Eugenie pregnant: Royal ‘waited for Beatrice to wed Edo'

queen elizabeth iiQueen Elizabeth II had an awful dilemma when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew (Image: GETTY)

princess margaret antony armstrong-jonesPrincess Margaret's engagement photography with Antony Armstrong-Jones (Image: GETTY)

She had originally wanted to marry Group Captain Townsend but because he was divorced, the Queen could not condone the match, despite personally supporting her sister.

In 1953, the Church of England, of which the Queen was the head, refused to countenance the remarriage of the divorced.

What’s more, the Queen was faced with the British Cabinet, Dominion prime ministers and a Church of England that was dead set against the marriage.

The Queen was also busy preparing for her coronation and a six-month tour of the Commonwealth.

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princess margaret peter townsendPrincess Margaret and Peter Townsend (Image: GETTY)

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