Prince William and Harry missed out on Beatrice and Eugenie jet-setting ‘high life’

Beatrice and Eugenie's reputations discussed by Nicholl

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Prince Andrew’s two daughters spent their twenties vacationing in the world’s most expensive holiday spots, whilst their senior royal cousins devoted themselves to their public duties.The documentary ‘Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses’ on Channel 5 shows the stark difference between their lifestyles and that of Prince William and Prince Harry.

As the sons of Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, William and Harry were obliged to stay and home and commit their lives to public service.

In 2015, William undertook 122 public engagements whilst Harry embarked on a tour of New Zealand.

In the same year, Princess Beatrice was criticised for taking fifteen holidays over the course of one year. The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson vacationed in locations such as St Barts, Ibiza and Aspen.

It is estimated that her extravagant trips cost around £300,000.

Similarly, Princess Eugenie came under scrutiny for taking an extraordinary number of holiday days during the first 10 weeks of her job.

After taking a role at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in 2015, Eugenie took a total of 25 holiday days during her first 50 days.

The documentary claims that the Princesses “had clearly inherited Andrew and Sarah’s love for the high life and although not paid for by the state, the many holidays fuelled their reputations as pampered Princesses”.

Camilla Tominey, an associate editor of The Telegraph said, “Clearly someone had a word and made it very clear that there needed to be some settling down otherwise this was really risking damaging the reputation of the monarchy.”

Although Eugenie and Beatrice are ninth and tenth in line to the throne, they are not senior royals. They are not supported by the Sovereign Grant and do not have access to royal protection officers. 

Whilst they have Royal Patronages, including Teenage Cancer Trust and the Coronet Theatre, they only attend a handful of royal engagements each year.

Princess Beatrice currently works as Vice President of Partnerships & Strategy at the tech firm Affiniti whilst Eugenie was promoted to Associate Art Director of the art gallery in 2017.

Their love for the “high life” is attributed to their parents, the Duke and Duchess of York. Prince Andrew has frequently come under scrutiny for his use of private jets and luxury holidays to the Bahamas.


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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were last seen with their father for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in April. 

Eugenie welcomed her first child with her husband Jack Brooksbank on February 9, 2021.

Their son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank in eleventh-in-line to the throne and was named after his great-grandfather. 

Princess Beatrice married her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, a property developer, in July 2020 at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge.

The wedding had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was subject to social distancing restrictions. 

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