Princess Beatrice and Eugenie will be ‘devastated’ by the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew and a planned increase in their royal duties after Megxit is now likely to be shelved, according to an expert.
Richard Fitzwilliams indicated that the pair would be deeply affected by the ongoing case affecting their father adding that they are a close-knit family. Beatrice, 33, and Eugenie, 31, were due to take on more royal appearances after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to quit their royal duties in 2020.
But any expansion of their roles will now have to be placed on hold after the Duke of York was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages, according to the former editor of the ‘The International Who’s Who’ book series. Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The Yorks are a close-knit family and this will be devastating for them.
“They only perform a very few royal duties. However, any expansion of their roles, which was a possibility as there are fewer senior royals and many of them are no longer young, is now impossible for the foreseeable future.”
Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters of Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, occasionally attend public events as members of the royal family. Beatrice began her working life as a Selfridges personal shopper to gain work experience during her gap year.
The princess “wanted to get experience of a big retail store and its buying process,” a spokesperson told the BBC. After graduating from Goldsmiths College in 2011, she went on to work full time and earned the role of Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at software company Afiniti in 2017.
Younger sister Eugenie read English literature and history of art at Newcastle University graduating in 2012 with a 2:1 degree. She worked as an associate director at art gallery Hauser & Wirth where she was promoted to director in 2017.
Prince Andrew is facing a US civil action over allegations of sexual assault which he has profusely and consistently denied.