Princess Eugenie reveals Prince Philip met her infant son
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Meghan Markle, 40 and Prince Harry, 37 stepped away from the Royal Family and their duties as senior royals at the beginning of 2020, before making a series of shocking claims about their time as royals during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The monarchy made clear they did not agree with all of the Sussexes’ versions of events, as a statement issued by Buckingham Palace said that “some recollections may vary”.
Following the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who moved to the US, where they reside in California alongside their two children Archie and Lilibet, other royals have stepped up to take on public engagements in their absence.
Future leader Prince William, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have taken on a number of royal engagements and extra responsibilities particularly during the summer months while Her Majesty holidayed at her Scottish Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire.
A similar move could be utilised by Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her Platinum Jubilee next year, which could see non-working Royal Family members playing a more active role in the celebrations and the monarchy as a whole.
The celebrations which mark Her Majesty’s 70 years of service at the helm of the Firm, may see non-working royals like cousins Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie included in the year-long plans which celebrate the Queen’s historic reign.
The speculation of their involvement comes amid circulating rumours that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can return as non-working royals for the event, which will see them reunited with their extended family for the first time since their renouncement.
Non-working royals traditionally attend events such as Trooping the Colour, which famously sees Royal Family members waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, however they are under no obligation or intention to match engagements, such as the 507 conducted in 2019 by Prince Charles ahead of his role as king.
Zara, aged 40, who is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pursued a career as an Olympic equestrian, and mother-of-three hasn’t let motherhood stop her from being involved in equestrian competitions.
Zara’s mother Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, even presented her with an Olympic silver medal in 2012, for securing second place in a team event at the London games.
While Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, regularly attends royal events with her sister Princess Beatrice, the sisters aren’t members of the Firm who perform public engagements full-time.
Instead, 30-year-old Eugenie has pursued a career in the art world which sees her utilising her art history and English literature degrees from Newcastle University.
Eugenie first worked for an online auction firm before becoming a director at the London art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
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Speculation has arisen that if these non-working royals are used in the jubilee plans, then it gives validation to swirling rumours that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are also non-working royals, will attend the event.
Following their step away from royal duties, the couple have not visited UK soil together meaning the Queen has not met her namesake great-granddaughter, Lilibet Diana.
A visit from the family for the Queen’s celebrations would mark Harry’s third return to the UK, and Meghan’s first since the couple renounced royal duties in Megxit.
The Duke of Sussex has only returned to the UK for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April and then again in July to unveil a memorial statue of his mother, Princess Diana, in July, alongside brother Prince William.
Earlier this year, both Zara and Eugenie named their royal babies after the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in April.
The tots were Philip’s 9th and 10th great-grandchildren.
While Eugenie named her and Jack Brooksbank’s son, who arrived in February, August Philip Hawke, Zara and ex-rugby player husband Mike Tindall paid homage to the late Duke of Edinburgh for the middle name of their third child, Lucas.
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