Princess Eugenie of York, the youngest daughter of The Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, is set to move to New York City later this month to begin her career with auction house Paddle 8. The young royal who, since the birth of Prince George, sits at seventh in line to the throne, has a degree in English and History of Art from Newcastle University, and is eager to put it to use.
It seems that while Princess Eugenie’s connections may have helped her to land the position (the company’s founder – Alexander Gilkes – is close friends with both Princes William and Harry, and Princess Eugenie herself is friends with Mr. Gilkes and his wife, fashion designer Misha Nonoo), her appointment to the company is surely not without merit. In addition to her University degree, Princess Eugenie has also undertaken a number of internships and work placements in the field of art curation, including a six-week placement at Christie’s in 2010, and an internship with the Royal Collection earlier this year.
Although Princess Eugenie will be leaving her longtime boyfriend – Jack Brooksbank – behind in London, it’s thought that they will maintain a long-distance relationship for the time being, as Princess Eugenie’s move is not anticipated to be a permanent one. In fact, it’s expected that the princess’s tenure at Paddle 8 will be more of a learning experience to prepare her with the information and knowledge of company operations so that she may assist with opening a UK branch of Paddle 8 in the near future.
This move into the private sector may seem out of the norm for a royal that is so close to the throne, however, it is definitely in line with The Prince of Wales’s plans to usher in a more streamlined and modern monarchy once he ascends the throne. The monarchy has already begun to see some shifts in operations, with the large balcony-filling collection of royals being poignantly pared down to just Her Majesty, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry during Her Majesty’s Service of Thanksgiving last year. The Duke of Edinburgh would have, presumably, joined his wife on the balcony, however he was in the hospital at the time.