With the constant heat on Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, it’s easy to forget that other royals even exist. Apparently, that’s a fear Prince Andrew has too, particularly when it comes to his two royal daughters. According to a new report, Prince Charles took Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie off royal payroll because they’re not “working royals” — and Andrew isn’t exactly thrilled about the decision, Express reports. Andrew has worked hard to keep his daughters, who he shares Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, in the good graces of the royal family, but Charles, as the eldest son, has inevitably held more sway.
Beatrice and Eugenie graduated university in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and did not become “working royals” in the period that followed. To be a working royal is to take on the duties of royals like Prince Harry, Prince William and their spouses: All four regularly attend official events in support of the Queen, and all four receive funds from a royal payroll. (The “payroll” consists of a taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant, paid directly to royal from the Treasury).
In 2016, Andrew is said to have written the Queen requesting that his daughters be funded by the Sovereign Grant. When she refused, he was reportedly livid. According to a royal source at the time for Express, Andrew “always wanted his daughters to be full-time royals” and “sees it as a slight on him and them if they are not.” Further, he’s been concerned for a while now that “his daughters are being overshadowed by William, Kate and Harry and it will get worse as Prince George and Princess Charlotte get older.”
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According to the Evening Standard’s royal editor, the decision not to fund Beatrice and Eugenie may have been a result of Charles’s influence. “When Charles ascends the throne — which he will do despite all the talk to the contrary,” he told Vanity Fair back in 2011. “Ge’d like the Royal Family to be streamlined: he wants a smaller, more cost-effective monarchy.” So, while Andrew made a “tremendous effort” to keep his daughters close to Queen Elizabeth II, it was always Charles’s plan to have Beatrice and Eugenie “thrown off the royal payroll” and made to “fend for themselves.”
According to Prince Andrew’s website, he “supports both of his daughters financially from his private income” — and has publicly stated that his daughters taking on royal duties could “take some of the burden off” his own workload. There’s been no sign that Beatrice and Eugenie’s status will change any time soon, but we’re curious just how much influence Charles did have over this decision — and why he might have a vendetta against Andrew.