Being a princess in the age of social media is a tricky thing to navigate – with strict rules imposed on what you can and can’t share with followers. And Princess Eugenie found this out the hard way, after she was scolded for a photo she posted on Instagram of her father, Prince Andrew.
In an interview with Vogue in 2018, the eldest of Andrew and Fergie’s children admitted she’d landed herself in hot water with the Instagram post. She told the magazine: “I recently got in trouble for posting a picture of Papa in a corridor of the palace that was off-limits to the public.”
Having only joined the platform a few months earlier, most of the Princess’s posts are gushing tributes to her husband and long-time love, Jack Brooksbank. But on the day she was interviewed, the Princess and her younger sister Beatrice struggled to find an appropriate photo to wish Prince Andrew a happy Father’s Day.
The sisters, who are granddaughters of the Queen, have always been close to their dad and mother, Sarah Ferguson. Even after their parents divorced in 1996, they remained firm friends ensuring the girls were brought up in an amicable family unit.
After deciding to download Instagram, Beatrice said the sisters wanted to “share our world” with followers, giving a slightly more intimate insight into their daily lives. Eugenie said: “We’ve had some serious grounding from our parents. They’ve had their fair share of terrible media interest and it makes us stronger.”
More recently, Prince Andrew has been under more intense scrutiny than ever since his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein came to light. He is currently locked in a legal battle over sexual assault claims made by Virginia Giuffre, which he denies.
As he fights to clear his name, the Queen has decided to strip him of his royal titles and patrons. A statement released at the end of last week read: “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”