Royal sisters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie received harsh comparisons and criticisms in their young life. Apparently, the public thought that they would live much like their parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who were regarded as "cashing in" on their royal status.
According to Daily Express, the new documentary, Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses explores why the York sisters ignited a controversy that had the public seething. The people thought that the princesses would take advantage of their royal connections when they became old enough to have jobs.
Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl recalled that the tabloids made a case out of the sisters taking gap year after their A-Levels. She said that Beatrice and Eugenie "were tarred" by their parents' reputation for living off their privileges.
Princess Eugenie, for instance, spent her gap year in South Africa and went hopping from one country to the next like any middle-class young adult at that time. Only, it irritated the public to learn that she had protection officers with her as well, whose salaries were paid by the taxpayers.
This issue is highlighting the fact the Eugenie will soon give birth to her first-born child with Jack Brooksbank. Beatrice, on the other hand, will likely also plan to expand her family and have kids with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Some royal observers are wondering if the York sisters' children will receive the same royal privileges, which means that taxpayers will once again pay for a part of their lifestyle.
However, Royally Obsessed podcasters Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito believe that Beatrice and Eugenie would prefer to have their children's lives out of the royal spotlight. The hosts said that Eugenie will likely decline a royal title for her soon-to-be born baby if her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, makes an offer.
But, then, royal experts said that there's a small chance the Queen will grant a title to Princess Eugenie's baby. This is because the York princesses are not close to the line of succession. They also do not have official royal duties, such as representing the Queen at public functions.
In 2016, Prince Andrew also publicly denied that he asked his mother to make his then-future sons-in-law Earls. Before the denial, there were speculations that the Duke of York wanted his daughters to have a higher status so he sought an earldom for their husbands, which didn't actually happen.