Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are said to be content with their royal status, which have allowed them to have careers of their own and lead a life under less scrutiny than the one of senior royals. But, despite being minor royals, the sisters are always ready to support their beloved grandmother whenever “the need arises”, according to a source.
They told the Daily Telegraph: “Although Andrew was always pushing for them to have more royal responsibilities, all Bea and Eug have ever really wanted is to live their own lives, while supporting the Queen when the need arises.
“In many ways, what has happened with their father has finally settled the debate over their future.
“It actually makes life a little easier for them.”
Prince Andrew stepped back from public duties in November last year, after a car crash interview with Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis focused on his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke of York, who wholly denies any wrongdoing, fought in the past to give his daughters a more prominent role within the Royal Family.
Prince Andrew is also believed to have fiercely oppose to reported plans of Prince Charles to streamline the monarchy, which would see all minor royals to lose their HRH styles.
After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced in January their intention to stand back as senior royals, Princess Beatrice and Princess were quickly tipped to step up to the plate and take on some of their royal duties.
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Royal biographer and “The Crown” consultant Robert Lacey told Hello! magazine at the time: “It’s quite clear that one of the consequences is that Beatrice and Eugenie will now be brought forward — if they’re willing to be brought forward.
“If two go out, two have got to come in, and those two have got to be Beatrice and Eugenie.
“I’m sure they will step forward and be greatly welcomed.
“It’s what the family needs as it’s another 15 years before Prince George’s generation steps up.
“It’s ironic that Harry mentioned his cousins as models of how he wants to be.”
The princesses have patronages and have often attended in the past key royal events including Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour.
However, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are said to be at peace with their current royal status.
Newly-wed Beatrice, who tied the knot with property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi during a private ceremony at Windsor in July, is making a living as vice president of partnerships and strategy at Afiniti, a software company.
Princess Eugenie is the director at the art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London.
The younger sister recently revealed she is expecting a child with Jack Brooksbank.
Buckingham Palace said last week in a brief statement: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.
“The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.”
Eugenie shared a more personal message on her Instagram account.
Publishing a picture of baby slippers, the young York wrote alongside the emoji of a baby: “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021…”
The pair married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in October 2018.