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Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank face the "difficult" challenge of raising their first baby together while in lockdown, a relationship expert has warned.
On Tuesday February 9, Buckingham Palace confirmed Princess Eugenie of York had given birth to her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank.
Eugenie left The Portland Hospital in central London with the newborn on Friday, February 12, and then, 11 days after it was born, the palace confirmed the new parents had named their child August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
And now, facing parenthood for the first time, Eugenie and Jack have been told their task may, for a short while at least, be made "difficult" after taking the child home during the country's national coronavirus lockdown.
Relationship expert and founder of Wingman app Tina Wilson told Daily Star: "As thrilled as the couple will be with this bundle of joy, they will face the same issues as any new parents and so preparation and awareness are key.
"Princess Eugenie and Jack enter into the world of parenthood in a strong position. They dated for several years before marrying and as such, know each other extremely well and have a solid partnership.
"This is great news for them, as bringing home a newborn, can be one of the biggest challenges that a couple can ever face together, and that’s without a global pandemic and quarantine.
"Whilst Jack and Eugenie will be fortunate to have outside help and advice, it will be slightly more difficult with the quarantine rules, and lack of visitors that they will be allowed.
"It is a shame that family and friends won’t get to be able to visit freely to support and give encouragement to them both, but on the flip side, it will allow the couple to enjoy every moment without fear of visitors knocking on the door.
"Luckily they are allowed a ‘bubble’ outside of their household with a newborn, so Sarah, the Duchess of York, will be allowed to help out with childcare duties, assuming she is the chosen person."
Tina added that the baby "will literally take over their lives" and that things will "be hard" for some time.
She said: "Sleep deprivation, feeding and general anxiety looking after the chap will affect them both, even if they are royal.
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"For the new parents, it will be important that they take time to rest and share the responsibilities, as Princess Eugenie recovers from the birth.
"Communication is the most important thing for the couple, to ensure that neither parent feels pushed aside or left out as the baby is now front and centre of attention.
"The aim is to maintain a solid relationship whilst they transition to parenthood, instead of laying blame or ignoring one another which is very common during the first year of couples going through parenthood for the first time.
"To top this off, like all new parents it might also be a while yet until they get intimate again in the bedroom. The baby will literally take over their lives and also normally sleeps in the same bedroom as the couple for six months at least.
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"They must remember to not take their frustrations out on each other. The first four to six months will be hard."
Eugenie, Prince Andrew' s daughter, announced her pregnancy on Friday, September 25, 2020, just two years shy of her second wedding anniversary in October.
The exciting announcement of the child's birth was met with "delight" from members of the Royal Family.
"Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital," an official statement read.
"Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.
"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.
"This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."
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- Princess Eugenie
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