Beatrice and Eugenie regret having to juggle a job and their real commitments

Eugenie, Sarah, Beatrice and Andrew before a masked ball at Windsor Castle in 2006

They belong to a family that is the embodiment of privilege and power, multi-million dollar yacht holidays and hang out with A-members in private member clubs. Then, perhaps the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are not the most obvious candidates to arouse public sympathy for their lot in life.

However, in an interview in the current issue of Vogue, sympathy is precisely what the sisters, who are eighth and ninth in line for the throne, seem to expect.

Because they are not on the actual list of official commitments-an omission that is said to have deeply disappointed their father, the Duke of York-none is entitled to a salary funded by the taxpayer, so they are looking for careers in their place. And, they say, juggling their real condition with hectic jobs, while living in the center of attention is difficult.

"It's difficult to navigate in situations like these because there are no precedents," said Princess Beatriz, vice president of a technology company, who celebrated her 30th birthday this week.

Her sister Eugenie, 28, an associate director of an art gallery who will soon marry her fiancé Jack Brooksbank, added: "We are young women who try to build careers and have personal lives, and we are also princesses, and we do all this. in the public eye. & # 39;

So, do you have a point or is it just a case of the "pious princesses"? ANTONIA HOYLE presents the evidence.

Eugenie, Sarah, Beatrice and Andrew before a masked ball at Windsor Castle in 2006

Eugenie, Sarah, Beatrice and Andrew before a masked ball at Windsor Castle in 2006


Despite the best efforts of his father, who is said to have asked the Queen to allow his daughters to carry out official royal duties, which would have allowed them to pay with public funds, the duke's request was denied.

As a result, Beatrice and Eugenie receive no income from the Sovereign Grant, the government-funded £ 82.2 million that covers Royal Household wages.

To make matters worse, the police protection of the princesses, with a value of £ 500,000 annually and funded by taxpayers, was withdrawn in 2011 to reduce the costs of the monarchy, to the fury of Andrew, who supposedly feels that his daughters are being forgotten as William and Harry take more and more prominence.

In fact, Eugenie, who got married in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in October, was told she could not have her wedding in September because of the "daily commitments". from other royals that month.

Of course, no princess is in the bread line. When his mother Sarah, Duchess of York, divorced Andrew in 1996, the queen provided him with £ 1.4 million to set up a trust fund for his daughters, and the duke agreed to pay for his private education at St George's School. in Ascot and Marlborough. College in Wiltshire, at a cost of more than £ 400,000.

By dividing their diverse heritages, it is believed that girls share an estimated net worth of around £ 3.6 million.


For a decade, Beatrice and Eugenie shared a four-room apartment at St James's Palace, restored in 2008 with £ 250,000 in taxpayer money. However, although it has two reception rooms and a modern equipped kitchen, a royal official insisted that it was a "small set of rooms in the attic" distinctly un-Palestinian.

Since the girls are not on the real payroll, they had to pay the Crown to live there or, to be more exact, their father did. It is estimated that Duke pays an annual rent of £ 20,000 heavily reduced, a cut, given that similar properties in the area cost up to eight times more.

This spring, Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, 32, moved into the ultra-mature Ivy Cottage, three bedrooms and three bedrooms, on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where rent is also charged.

Meanwhile, the Duke has decided not to continue renting the property of St James's Palace once Eugenie is married, leaving Beatrice, now based in New York, out of his ear, although there is always a mansion of the Royal Lodge of 30 rooms listed by Papa. The real property of Windsor, should be back in the UK and stay in bed at night.


After a somewhat mortifying arrival at the dating scene, when Beatrice was 16, her mother announced that she "craved" him. Having a boyfriend and said the couple had come together, "said Beatrice, the businessman Dave Clark, 33 years old. decade.

Since the relationship ended in 2016, after Clark reportedly refused to marry Beatrice, she has been seen with fitness company boss James Williams and television actor Sir David Frost, Wilfred. but he seems to be single.

Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank (below) educated privately, a former bar manager and now manager of tequila brand for George Clooney's Casamigos company, in October. The couple met skiing in Verbier in 2011 and got engaged this January.

Jack has said it was "love at first sight", while his 91-year-old grandmother, Joanna, said that after meeting Eugenie, she came to the conclusion that the princess is simply a Very nice and ordinary girl & # 39;

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Image Gallery of Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their commitment in January of this year

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Image Gallery of Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their commitment in January of this year

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Image Gallery of Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their commitment in January of this year


Too "real" (as Beatrice described her personalities in Vogue magazine) to simply rest in spa trips, both sisters seem determined to work for a living.

Eugenie, a graduate of art-loving Newcastle University, spent two years in New York as the administrator of the online auction house Paddle8 before becoming an associate director at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in London in 2015. Impressive achievements, But never say you won your position at the tender age of 28 because she is a princess. "The reason I'm in the art world depends on me, not because I have a degree," he said.

Beatrice, on the other hand, is Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy for the technology company Afiniti, in New York, and previously worked as a commercial development partner at Sony, the Japanese conglomerate.

None of the princess's current salaries have been disclosed, but since Eugenie had £ 25,000 a year at Paddle8 and in 2014 Beatrice earned £ 19,500 a year at Sony, both salaries below the national average, it's safe to assume that the corporate world he will not necessarily pay more than necessary to have a princess on the payroll.


Although their parents separated when they were only two and four years old, Beatrice and Eugenie still benefit from a strong family unit. Sarah and Andrew, both 58, stay close, so much, in fact, that Eugenie once described them as "the best divorced couple I know."

The duke has described himself as "completely happy" because of his daughter's commitment, while Sarah has tweeted about her "total joy".

Both girls are also close to their "grandmother", the Queen, and they share a deep bond between siblings.

"We are each other's rocks," says Eugenie, who has made Beatrice her maid of honor. "We are the only person in each person's life who can know exactly what the other is going through."


From the departure of Ibiza on the yacht of £ 300 million from Roman Abramovich to the ski breaks in the Swiss chalet of £ 13 million from his parents in Verbier, which has a pool and six staff members, the sisters have enjoyed years Luxury vacation.

Between November 2014 and December 2016, it is believed that they took 25 trips abroad between them. His vacations have included breaks in Spain, Abu Dhabi, California and the Bahamas, a visit to Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island and (another) stay courtesy of Roman Abramovich at his £ 39 million home in St Barts.

According to reports, Eugenie took 25 days off in the first ten weeks of a new job, a holiday allowance that very few would get. Eugenie said: "My boss is charming and understands a lot when I want to take a free afternoon or go with my family."

Sarah Ferguson appears in Saint-Tropez, France, with her daughters in August 2005

Sarah Ferguson appears in Saint-Tropez, France, with her daughters in August 2005

Sarah Ferguson appears in Saint-Tropez, France, with her daughters in August 2005


In addition to their full-time day jobs, both young women support several altruistic endeavors.

Having diagnosed dyslexia when she was seven, Beatrice is aligned with youth-oriented educational organizations, such as Be Cool, Be Nice, campaign against cyberbullying.

Eugenie, who was born with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) for whom she underwent surgery at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital at the age of 12, now promotes the hospital's Redevelopment Appeal.

Involved actively in the charities of which they are sponsors (a total of 17 among them, according to their father's website), attend events and fundraisers after work most nights, which may mean fight with chaotic calendars.

Perhaps this impulse to do good reflects the fact that its presence in official real functions is rarely required.

It was said that Beatrice was disappointed that her offer to help during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 was met with silence, and neither she nor Eugenie gave her a meaningful role.

Undeterred by the snub, Eugenie says the sisters are determined to support Granny and Grandpa in any way we can, because that's what family is for. "


Shapeless coats. Horrible hat Striking floral dresses The sisters have been criticized for a long time for their choice of clothes, which culminated, perhaps, in Philip Treacy's extravagant hat that Beatrice used for William and Kate's wedding in 2011, which was compared to a toilet and a pretzel.

Both princesses admit that criticism has hurt them, but their status and family wealth has given them both privilege and ridicule.

For starters, Beatrice could afford to hire the stylist Charlie Anderson, former fashion editor of Tatler magazine, who also dressed the actresses Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway, in 2011 at a cost of £ 1,500 a day, sending her image up. trajectory.

In May, she put on a highly praised violet Alberta Ferretti dress after inviting the exclusive Met Gala fundraiser in New York, a feat that most fashion-loving women can only dream of.

This January, Eugenie won widespread praise for the elegant black satin dress of £ 1,288 from the British designer Erdem who wore to announce her engagement.


From the most beautiful and talented to the richest, it seems that there are few celebrities that princesses do not have in speed dialing. The best friend of Eugenie is the ex-girlfriend of Harry, Cressida Bonas (she was the one who introduced the couple).

She is also close to supermodel Cara Delevingne and pop star Ellie Goulding, and describes the artist Tracey Emin, whom she met while working in New York, as her "guardian angel".

Holly Branson – daughter of Sir Richard – regularly accompanies the two girls on the London circuit, as does Sofía Wellesley, granddaughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington and wife of the singer James Blunt.

Beatrice was on vacation with supermodel Karlie Kloss in Jordan, was with host Alexa Chung at the Coachella music festival in California and, like her sister and mother, became friends with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

She has also been invited to spend a vacation aboard the yacht of businessman Roman Abramovich, a man who, with an estimated £ 9 billion in the bank, makes the queen look something like a beggar.


The sisters share a relaxed approach to look good, but it's not cheap. Eugenie wears the Charlotte Tilbury mascara (around £ 25) and the Bobbi Brown bronzer (£ 30), and has approached celebrity stylist Ben Skervin, who has worked with Madonna and actress Keira Knightley, to style their wedding.

An adaptation enthusiast, when he is not doing circuit training in the park at 7 a. M., Eugenie works in the exclusive Grace Belgravia gym, where the annual membership costs £ 5,500 and the registration fee is £ 2,000.

Beatrice, the first real who completed the London marathon in 2010, employed the £ 65 per hour personal trainer Nadya Fairweather to help her shed the 2nd place with a combination of boxing and squats in the park.

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