On Friday, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank left Portland Hospital, about three full days after Eugenie gave birth to Baby Boy Brooksbank. Since Portland Hospital is a private hospital and since Eugenie isn’t married to a future king, there was no photocall outside of the hospital or anything like that. Some photographers did get some snaps though:
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Very cute. I hope Jack is a safe driver! Precious cargo! Anyway, for the past two months or so, we’ve been absorbed in the very strange drama of where Eugenie and Jack are living, and why they seemingly moved out of Frogmore Cottage shortly after they moved in. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to lend Frogmore to E&J in what was seen as a final nail in the coffin for Meghan and Harry returning to the UK this year. Considering how much Harry and Meghan “paid” back for Frogmore, it’s theirs to sublet to whomever they want. So why did E&J move out? And why are Eugenie and Jack… back at Frogmore?
Princess Eugenie’s newborn son is following in his second cousin Archie’s tiny footsteps as he’s settled into the Windsor home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Harry and Meghan lent Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, the use of Frogmore Cottage as they begin their new lives as parents.
The family of three left London’s Portland Hospital, where Eugenie gave birth on Tuesday, on Friday. Archie was also born at the same hospital in May 2019.
Frogmore Cottage, which Harry and Meghan renovated from five separate staff quarters into their 10-bedroom home, is the perfect place for Eugenie and Jack to spend their first days as a family of three. The property is close to Royal Lodge, where Eugenie’s mom, Sarah Ferguson, and dad, Prince Andrew, live, which means the first-time grandparents can be on hand to help when COVID-19 restrictions allow. And it’s a short walk from Eugenie’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle.
The timeline is this: in November, we learned that Eugenie and Jack had already moved into Frogmore, which caused a lot of consternation and weird press. By mid-December, we learned that E&J had moved out of Frogmore and they were living at the Royal Lodge, with Prince Andrew and Fergie. And yet, there has been some indication for weeks now that E&J moved back into Frogmore. Outlets like Hello Mag kept referencing the idea that Frogmore really is E&J’s new (borrowed) home. So what happened behind-the-scenes? It’s still a big royal mystery. I still believe that either the Queen or Prince William tried to throw their weight around and ban E&J from Frogmore but something else must have happened too. I wonder.
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