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The Forgotten Princesses

With the vision of a slimmed Monarchy, Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York have become somewhat forgotten. They appear for the high profile events (i.e. Trooping the Colour, Jubilee Events) and then quietly fade into the life of junior royals performing a few public engagements every couple of months. Both princesses have full time jobs, with Princess Eugenie even landing a job in New York City, USA. Emerging from the shadows of the higher profile royals (i.e. the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry) has proved a tough task for the young princesses. Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, non-titled grandchildren of Her Majesty the Queen, have successfully moved away from the royal limelight and paved their own way. They are both highly successful individuals in their chosen career paths; Zara even winning a silver medal for Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics. Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex have fully embraced the role of being full time, lesser known royals. Both Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have done much good for Great Britain. Sophie, according to some (and I agree), is the rising star of the British Monarchy. Because of HRH Prince Charles’s view of a slimmed monarchy once he becomes King, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie must find their way in a competitive world outside the British Monarchy.

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born to Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York on 8 August 1988. While her schooling was taking place, HRH Princess Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia. Even with her learning disability, Princess Beatrice excelled in school, getting 3 A-Levels with an A in Drama and Bs in History and Film Studies. She also received a 2:1 in History and the History of Ideas at Goldsmiths University of London in 2011.

HRH Princess Eugenie of York

HRH Princess Eugenie of York

The second daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York was born on 23 March 1990. Just like her sister, Princess Eugenie excelled in school, earning A levels in Art and  English Literature (both grade A) and History of Art (grade B). She also completed her 2:1 in English Literature and History of Art at Newcastle University. At the age of twelve, Princess Eugenie underwent surgery to correct her scoliosis at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in London. Two titanium rods were successfully inserted into her spine, where they remain to this day.

Because of the Princesses’ struggles in their early childhoods with dyslexia and scoliosis, they are great ambassadors for these causes. Princess Beatrice has spoken many times about how important education and reading are for children with dyslexia. She also speaks of the importance of not giving up even when your schooling gets tough. Princess Eugenie has the ability to walk into a child’s hospital room and empathize with them, because, unlike most people, she knows what it’s like to be confined to a bed for a period of time. Both Beatrice and Eugenie have the ability to make, and are making, great strides in the advancement of dyslexia and scoliosis awareness. These personal struggles allow them to connect with people who are dealing with the same things.

Although they are generally “forgotten,” both Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie can allow the Monarchy to flourish. They remind me a great deal of Prince Michael of Kent; they have much to offer Her Majesty without the higher profile that comes with TRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. In time, I envision Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie working hand in hand with the Monarchy to achieve the betterment of many people.

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  • Eeva-Maija Harju-Virta


    I protest Prince Charles. I don´t understand at all that the vision of a slimmed Monarchy.
    What´s that ? Is he lazy ?
    He doesn´t understand at all the the life of commoners.
    We want to have, to see, to live the culture. We have only the tv. And that is killing, killing, killing.
    How many feel itselves as the idiots when they look at it. It´s the brainwashing – to the idioti.
    And how much we are lookinhg at it every evening. If we don´t have the work, we djust look at it more and more.
    The real culture, the theatre, the books, we can have as a hobby, but not so many have the energy it demands.
    So we pick the easy culture, the royals. They are like stars with their new cloths and fine hairs. And romances.
    It´s not so bad even they are many, not at all, please. And all kind of happenings. We live on them.
    Or picked that easy culture. So what more royals it´s better.
    Prince Charles, wake up !

  • Daisy Duck

    Am distraught at their plight. How can we call ourselves civilised when two poor women with learning problems are totally ignored and left at the mercy of the market economy. My immediate concern is where they are living and whether they are subject to the Government’s Spare Room Subsidy. Rumour has it that their grandmother is about to receive a massive bill for her several hundred spare rooms! The world needs to know!!

    • Sam

      Scoliosis is not a learning disability – its a curvature of the spine.

  • Roza

    Well, you write that Sophie is a rising star of the monarchy, but you don’t explain why.

  • adamson

    With the DofE possibly near death (I don’t believe it was “exploratory surgery” and that he’s “recovering”) and the Queen about to go into a period of semi-retirement should he pass away, it’s now more than ever we need the entire younger generation of the Royal Family to step up and shoulder the burden of those who have done so for over half a century. The Prince of Wales will reign just a short time as King, thank goodness (see Edward VII, just nine years after Victoria) so even if Charles acts in a short-sighted and petulant way, sidelining the younger members of the family, his son will most likely reinstate Beatrice/Eugenie et al when he ascends the throne.

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