Princess Beatrice, the Queen and Princess Eugenie, 2022 | Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, 2022 | Source: Instagram.com/princesseugenie | fake images
The late queen had been “running” and teaching her granddaughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
King Charles III and Prince Andrew had a dispute over the “blood princesses” and their future in the royal family.
The royal sisters still trusted Uncle Charles.
In their joint statement honoring their late grandmother, the life of the Queen, Princess Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, shared their unique relationship with the royals. Eugenie shared a flashback image of the trio posing with a dog.
The photo in the Instagram post showed the two sisters as children, smiling at the camera as they posed alongside the late monarch. One of the sisters petted a dog that appears in the funny image.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie during Trooping the Color on June 13, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
Eugenie began her post by calling the Queen her “dear grandmother.” She explained how they hadn’t been able to put much into words since the royals left them, noting how there had been silence, tears, hugs, laughter and loneliness as they collectively mourned her, adding:
“We, like many, thought you would be here forever. And we all miss you terribly.”
He described Her Majesty as their guide, matriarch, and the “loving hand” that “guided” them through the world. The granddaughter of the late royal shared how the Queen had taught them many things that they would cherish forever.
The sisters thanked their grandmother for making them laugh, “picking heather and raspberries”, for their teas, marching soldiers, joy and comfort. Beatrice and Eugenie thought that the late Queen would never know her impact on people around the world and the Royal Family.
They said the world was mourning her and thought the tributes would make the monarch smile by showing how remarkable she was as a leader. Her siblings were happy that her grandmother was reunited with her grandfather, the late Prince Philip.
Eugenie and her sister said goodbye to their grandmother and said that it had been an honor to have been her granddaughters. The couple also shared how proud they were of the Queen.
On September 17, 2022, a vigil was held in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London for Her Majesty. The Queen’s eight grandchildren, including Beatrice and her sister, were present at the event.
The other attendees included King Charles, his children, Princes Harry and William, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn. According to my! News, William was at the head of the monarch’s coffin for fifteen minutes.
Flanking him were Princess Anne’s children, Phillips and Tindall. Harry stood on the opposite side of the coffin alongside Prince Andrew’s daughters Eugenie and Beatrice, while Prince Edward’s children Lady Louise and her brother stood in the middle.
Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn hold a vigil for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 17, 2022. in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The grandchildren bowed as the public passed to see the coffin as it lay on the catafalque. The Queen had joined all her grandchildren, but she shared a special affection with Eugenia.
Eugenie’s lifelong bond with her late grandmother
According to Town & Country, it was apparent that Eugenie and her grandmother were close due to the way the younger royals talked about her, the Queen, in public. William and Harry were generally formal when discussing her Majesty in public, calling her “the Queen”.
Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice at the Castle of Mey after a private family holiday in the Western Isles of Scotland, on August 2, 2010, in Scrabster, Scotland | Source: Getty Images
Eugenie regularly and openly referred to the late royal as “Granny.” In The Spectator’s article, where she honored the late monarch during her Platinum Jubilee, Beatrice’s sister shared how the Queen was “unparalleled” and had reached a “record milestone”.
She noted that Her Majesty also happened to be her “grandmother, and I am a very proud granddaughter.” Eugenie and her grandmother were so close that the Queen was supposedly one of the few people she knew of her engagement to Jack Brooksbank from the beginning.
The monarch reportedly knew about it before Eugenie’s friends, cousins Harry and William, and the rest of the royal family. Speaking to the BBC’s “The One Show”, Andrew’s daughter said the first people to know were his parents, his brothers, his late grandfather and the Queen.
In her The Spectator article, Eugenie revealed that when she thought of her son, August, and what she would like for his future, she thought of her grandmother and what she had stood for. She wanted her son to have the Queen’s calm, patience, kindness, and ability to laugh at himself.
Princess Eugenie and her son August Brooksbank at the Platinum Pageant at The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
Although Beatrice’s sister was close to His Majesty, she and her brother seemed to be treated differently from their cousins. The two sisters supposedly missed out on something significant.
Despite Eugenia’s bond with the queen, she and Beatrice were excluded from funding.
In their joint Instagram tribute to Her Majesty, Beatrice and Eugenie expressed their knowledge that their uncle, King Charles, would continue to lead by the Queen’s example. The sisters noted how she had dedicated her life to “service.”
However, according to Express, Sarah Ferguson’s daughters held HRH titles but did not receive the funds from their cousins. The reason was that they did not undertake work in support of the Queen.
In Robert Lacey’s book, he stated that the new King [Charles III] had been refused by the sisters [Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie] to become working royalty, who currently have regular jobs.
However, whether they would continue to be excluded from funding was up to King Charles. The publication claimed that the Duke of York was “enraged” that his daughters were excluded from money and major royal duties.
Prince Andrew at a service of remembrance at Manchester Cathedral on July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England | Source: Getty Images
Author and journalist Edward Klein alleged that Andrew had gone to “tremendous effort” to keep his daughters close to their late mother so they could have a future as paid members of the Royal Family. In addition to their royal titles, the father wanted the couple to have security and be seen as royalty because they were “princesses of the blood.”
In 2016, the sister’s father was reportedly “furious” when the Queen turned down his request that the princesses be funded by the Sovereign Grant. Andrew saw it as a snub, and Klein claimed that King Charles was the one who decided because he wanted the royals to get their “value for money”, adding:
“He believes his daughters are being overshadowed by William, Kate and Harry, and it will get worse as Prince George and Princess Charlotte get older.”
Prince Andrew and Prince Charles at a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee on June 5, 2012 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The alleged disagreement over whether Eugenie and Beatrice should be working royals drove a wedge between King Charles and Andrew. In Robert Lacey’s book, “Battle of Brothers,” he claimed that the new king had refused to let the sisters become working royals, who currently have regular jobs.