‘Cruel’ plan to strip Beatrice and Eugenie of royal styles ‘got vetoed’


The two princesses are the only children of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York. Because Beatrice and Eugenie are not full-time working royals, they do not have to adhere to the same standards as other royals, such as Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. However, the two princesses still take part in major public events and are likely to be part of the celebrations this year for their grandmother, the Queen as she marks her Platinum Jubilee.

The historic reign of Britain’s longest-serving monarch will be honoured with a series of public events in June.

Beatrice and Eugenie were involved in the celebrations for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The sisters were out and about at several events to mark the milestone, including the boat parade down London’s River Thames.

When Beatrice and Eugenie were still children, there was a “cruel” plan to strip the princesses of their Her Royal Highness (HRH) styles, according to royal historian Marlene Koenig.

The US-based writer and librarian has researched Britain’s Royal Family for more than 40 years.

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She told Express.co.uk: “There was a discussion that the York princesses would lose their royal style and become styled as children of a Duke and that got vetoed.

“I suspect because they were already born and it would have been seen as cruel.

“But it was already decided then that they were not going to be working royals and I think that was a big mistake.”

Beatrice and Eugenie do not take money from the Sovereign Grant that the Government pays the Queen each year out of Crown Estate funds.

The money is used for the Royal Family’s official public duties and to maintain the palaces they inhabit.

Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, turned down Her Majesty’s offer of courtesy titles for her children, Zara and Peter.

Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, also do not have Prince and Princess titles.

Their stylings were the choice of their parents, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Ms Koenig explained how the announcement about their names was made.

She said: “The implementation came without a Letters Patent, that Edward’s children would be styled as children of an Earl.

“Rather than their rights under the 1917 Letters Patent that they are technically Prince and Princess.

“And the announcement basically said the Queen decided and Edward and Sophie agreed to this.”


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