They’re the sisters that sit on the royal fringe but are still very much in the public eye.
Now Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have opened up about their lives in a rare joint interview, explaining the complexities of trying to be a “working princess”.
“We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses, and doing all of this in the public eye,” Princess Beatrice explained in the UK Vogue magazine interview.
Candidly opening about how they’ve struggled with the spotlight, the pair – who are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – explain how criticism over how they look and their fashion choices take its toll.
Beatrice and Eugenie were famously slammed for their choice of headwear at cousin Prince William’s 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton, and Eugenie reveals how the criticism got to them one day at Buckingham Palace garden party.
“There was a horrible article that had been written about Beatrice and she got really upset,” Princess Eugenie told Vogue.
“We were just about to step out and she had a bit of a wobble and cried. I was looking after her. And then about an hour later, I had a wobble and started crying and Bea was there for me.”
Despite the pressure placed on them, the sisters insist they aren’t afraid of “putting ourselves out there” and refuse to bow to idea of being Instagram perfect.
They also aren’t bound to the same protocol affecting the other females in their family like Kate Middleton, and have their own jobs and social media accounts.
While the pair are often seen at royal events, Beatrice is vice-president of partnerships and strategy for US technology company Afiniti, and Eugenie, is an associate director at Hauser & Wirth, a contemporary art gallery.
Eugenie, who is notoriously close to her sister, also confirmed in the interview that Beatrice will be by her side as bridesmaid during her October 12 wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
With Eugenie claiming she’s not stressed at all, Beatrice praised her sister for being a “very modern bride” following revelations her wedding is going to be plastic-free.
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