Friday, 27 May 2022

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie ‘devastated’ as royal duties now ‘impossible’

Princess Beatrice and her sister Eugenie are said to be 'devastated' while an expected promotion in royal duties now appears 'impossible', according to a royal expert.

Richard Fitzwilliams, former editor of the 'The International Who's Who' book series, signalled that the pair would be deeply affected by the ongoing scandal affecting their father Prince Andrew as they are a are "a close-knit family”.

He said that a planned increase in their royal appearances following the exit of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in 2020 would now have be shelved following the removal of the Duke of York's royal titles and military patronages.

Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The Yorks are a close-knit family and this will be devastating for them.

“They only perform a very few royal duties. However, any expansion of their roles, which was a possibility as there are fewer senior royals and many of them are no longer young, is now impossible for the foreseeable future.”

While 31 year old Eugenie and 33 year old Beatrice — daughters of Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson — are private citizens with their own careers, they do occasionally attend public events as members of the family.

In 2015, Eugenie was an associate director working for Hauser & Wirth art gallery, before being promoted to director in 2017.

The "normal" 30-year-old royal studied English literature and history of art and received a 2:1 in her degree in 2012.

Princess Beatrice meanwhile began her working life in a Selfridges during her gap year as a personal shopper for work experience.

According to the BBC, a spokeswoman said: "She wanted to get experience of a big retail store and its buying process."

Since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 2011, the princess has gone on to work full time and assumed a role in 2017 as Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti, a software company.

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