Kensington Palace just announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child. Naturally, most of social media and the world jumped for joy, but some couldn’t help but notice that the timing of the happy news — just a couple days after Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank— was a little off.
“Not sure of the Royal protocol there, upstaging the couple’s wedding by hijacking it with their baby news,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Meghan is thought to be around 12 weeks pregnant, and the couple shared their news with family at the royal wedding on Friday - the Queen, Duke is Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are “delighted for the couple” #royalbaby— Emily Nash (@emynash) October 15, 2018
It’s also worth pointing out that this would be the second time that the Duchess and Prince kind of stole Eugenie’s thunder. According to The Daily Mail, Eugenie and Jack had originally planned their wedding for this September, but had to push it back due to other royal obligations — such as a potential tour for Meghan and Harry. “Some members of the Royal Family already have commitments in the diary,” a source told The Daily Mail back in January, adding: “There is nothing concrete yet, but it looks as if Eugenie and Jack will go for October instead.”
Eugenie and Jack’s strategy makes sense: When planning a wedding, it’s usually wise to consult the schedules of your VIP guests. But, given that Eugenie and Jack reportedly made accommodations for Megan and Harry, certainly the Duchess and Prince could have waited a little longer to share their news in order to let Eugenie and her new groom soak up their special moment for a bit longer than two days.
The only thing I will say about the announcement about Harry and Meghan's imminent baby is that it seems a little horrid that they told the family at Eugenie's wedding on Friday.— Liz Needham #FBPE #WATON 🇪🇺🌍🇮🇪 (@lizneedhamSTAR) October 15, 2018
Talk about raining on her parade!#RoyalBaby #RoyalWedding
Of course, it’s not fair to assume that Megan intentionally tried to rain on Eugenie’s parade and we’re sure that Princess is as happy as the rest of the world about another royal baby— even if it knocks her succession to the throne back another spot.