PRINCE Andrew is to be a granddad – with Princess Eugenie expecting her first child.
Her parents, Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, both 60, are said to be “thrilled” by the pregnancy – which follows a torrid year for the disgraced Duke of York.
The Queen and Prince Philip have also been told, and are excited to welcome their ninth great-grandchild. The baby will be born just four months before the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.
Last night a source close to the family said: “This has been the tonic the whole family needed.
“Eugenie and Jack are delighted, and told Sarah and Andrew a couple of weeks ago. They were both utterly thrilled – it’s been a long time since the Yorks had some happy news, frankly.
“The news has also been welcome by the Queen, who is very close to Eugenie, and obviously has an extraordinarily strong sense of family.”
The 30-year-old Princess has told pals she is due early next year.
She and wine merchant Jack, 34, married in October 2018 at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle – just months after her cousin Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.
They met in Swiss skiing resort Verbier in 2010, and in a joint interview on The One Show two years ago revealed Jack proposed while on holiday in Nicaragua.
Eugenie famously chose a low-cut Peter Pilotto wedding gown which showed off the prominent scar on her back, to help others with disfigurements.
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The scar was the result of surgery she had as a child for scoliosis, in which two titanium rods were inserted into her back.
Her father, who walked her down the aisle, is likely to be especially delighted with the news after what has been a difficult time for the Queen’s third born child.
He has spent the past year trying to clear his name after being heavily embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The Royal is currently under increasing pressure from the FBI to cooperate with them about his friendship with the late paedophile financier.
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Earlier this month he held crisis talks with the Queen at Balmoral over his involvement in the scandal.
It comes after Virginia Giuffre accused British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell of arranging for her to have s3x with Prince Andrew three times in 2001.
She was then 17. Andrew has always denied the claims – and his lawyers insist he has repeatedly offered to speak to the US authorities.
As a result of the scandal, the prince has kept a determinedly low profile for almost a year.
And he officially stepped back from public life last November after a disastrous interview with Emily Maitlis on Newsnight.