Princess Eugenie ‘determined to be a working woman with a full-time job’

I should cover the York princesses more often, I know. Many of you royal-watchers enjoy them, and enjoy discussing and analyzing their moves. Eugenie and Beatrice have been cast (in the UK press) as the “also-rans” to Duchess Kate, unfortunately. Part of that is simply their rankings in the royal family, and their parents. While the Queen is said to be very fond of her son, the Duke of York, Sarah Ferguson is something of a pariah, and I think Bea and Eugenie were always going to be the secondary princesses to whomever William and Harry married. Although in a hilarious turn of events, the Queen made sure that the public knows that “blood princesses” will always out-rank work-shy duchesses that merely marry into the family.

Anyway, this is interesting – Princess Eugenie, 23, has decided to move to New York! FOR WORK. Can you believe it? Not only is she going to move to a city which will not really give a crap about her title, she’s actually going to have a real job.

Only two years ago she seemed destined for a life of royal duty — that at least was the plan Princess Eugenie’s father had for her. But Eugenie has not just inherited Prince Andrew’s sense of obligation, there’s also about her a touch of her free-spirited mother Fergie. And later this year the Queen’s second youngest granddaughter will step out of the world of royal privilege for a new life — and a proper job — in America.

For I can reveal that Eugenie, 23, has secured a full-time post at fashionable U.S. auction house Paddle8, based in New York.

It means, however, she will have to leave behind her Stowe-educated boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, who works in the gastro-pub trade, although the two plan to commute whenever possible.

‘Since leaving university Eugenie has been committed to working in the arts world and has done some internships but is now set to take on a permanent role at graduate level,’ a friend of the Duchess of York tells me. ‘From October she is going to work and live in New York, before returning to London where the company is setting up a new office.’

The move is significant for it comes in the wake of plans inspired by Prince Charles to slim down the number of front-rank working royals, which would almost certainly exclude Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice. After the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s baby she will slip down the line of succession from six to seven.

Status-driven Andrew has always insisted that as the only two ‘blood’ princesses, his daughters should be a central part of a working Royal Family. But while devoted to the Queen, Eugenie is a modern young woman who wants to make her way in the world.

Paddle8 was co-founded by Alexander Gilkes, Old Etonian brother of nightclub figure and friend of the royals, Charlie Gilkes. Backers include art world luminaries such as Damien Hirst and Jay Jopling.

Eugenie acquired a degree in Art History and English Literature at Newcastle. She has already done a stint at auction house Christie’s, where her cousin Viscount Linley is chairman. She has also worked at the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace, where she won praise after queuing and joining fellow workers in the canteen there.

‘She is determined to be a working woman with a full-time job,’ says the friend.’

[From The Mail]

Page Six reports this morning that the “details” of this job are still being “hashed out” and her duties are still being “sketched out”. Which means that the job hasn’t been completely nailed down, but she will likely be in New York for some unspecified time at some point. I think this is a smart move for Eugenie – her father might want his daughters to play a bigger role in the royal family, but Charles is already taking more and more of his mother’s responsibilities, and whenever Charles becomes King, those girls really will have to take full-time jobs to support themselves.

Here are some more photos of Eugenie and Cressida Bonas at the society wedding over the weekend:

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. brin says:

    Hope that means hot cousin Harry will be popping in for visits.

  2. LadyMTL says:

    Not give a crap about her title? Are you joking? A lot of Americans go ape-shit over ANYONE with a title…I doubt that they’d ignore Eugenie.

    That said, if she really is going there to work, good for her!

    • Suze says:

      Yeah, lots of us go apeshit over a British accent. Combine that with a title and you’ll have plenty of folks fawning over her.

      Still, if she’s serious about working, more power to her.

    • Cary says:

      I used to work at an auction house in NYC and I guarantee her title is what got her the job. The auction houses love to hire the daughters of rich and famous people in order to attract business. Usually these kids just sort of hang around and go to three hour lunches and don’t really work at all (though to be fair there are exceptions).

      • Mei says:

        I second all of that! I’m sure she will work “hard,” but her title will attract clients. Surely her schedule will be relaxed so she can attend to royal duties, which alone would piss off half the employees with two weeks’ vacation.

      • FLORC says:

        All of this is true, but to be fair to the York princesses they do work hard and aren’t quick to take perks. It seems if they do go on vacation it’s to do real charity work. I’ve always thought of th princesses having the same work ethic as Harry. They have to work twice as hard though to combat the stigma of their parents.

      • bluhare says:

        Thank you, Cary. Couldn’t agree more.

        And, FLORC, I’m usually lockstep with you but not on this one. If she were taking a job with a stockbroker, money manager, or some other financial operation that requires actual hours, I’d buy it, but auction house? She’ll stand there, look pretty, and that’s about it. And still have plenty of time off to go back home for Royal Things.

      • FLORC says:


        Maybe i’m not understanding how an auction house works. Don’t they have to do research and have more than a basic understanding of the pieces auctioned? Or are they just figure heads the houses chooses to align itself with for promotional reasons? If the latter does the experienced gained ever used as a stepping stone to bigger and better things?

        Side thought… Doesn’t Eugenie have a degree in political science? I really would have loved to have seen her go into politics.

      • bluhare says:

        FLORC: I’m no expert on auction houses either, unless you count ebay, but no question an art history degree would help. Although in her case I think she was hired as window dressing.

      • Cary says:

        FLORC, if you are on track to become a specialist, then yes, you need to have an art history degree and become knowledgeable about the merchandise, but a lot of the entry level jobs are very basic assistant work like taking care of the storage closets, arranging for deliveries, helping out at auctions, etc. Nothing terribly taxing and often the rich kids get bored and ditch their job duties and no one can say anything because daddy is a kajillionaire. It’s nepotism central.

      • FLORC says:

        Thanks. I guess only time will tell if Eugenie is using this position to pass the time or advance in a career.

    • lisa says:

      i know right

      look at how much traction zsa zsa’s husband gets with his FAKE title

      no one ever cites that it is fake when they write about him

  3. Mia says:

    Ugh, these two pampered bimbos! They wouldn’t know what ‘work’ is in a fit!

    • Ally says:

      obviously you know nothing about them

    • Joy says:

      I agree. Their idea of work and ours are probably not the same. Wandering around shaking hands and waving at crowds isn’t exactly work.

      • FLORC says:

        You are confusing Kate with the princesses. These girls have college degrees that they actually utilize and when they’re not working they’re doing constant charity work.
        It’s a popular opinion that their strong work ethic and charity schedule is not covered to not over shadow Kate and because many people hate their parents and by extension them. Sad we judge people for any reason other than their own character, or what they wear, or what their parents are.

      • bluhare says:

        FLORC, I don’t judge them on who their parents are. I judge them on what they do. Granted, they don’t get the publicity Kate does for opening an envelope, but I don’t know jack about their charity work and I actually follow the royals. (Running in runs doesn’t count.) The time Andrew got them the gig promoting British business in Europe got no publicity. If you can’t bring the crowds, then you don’t get hired.

      • FLORC says:


        Your last line makes sense. I agree. And your judgement is objective.
        Joy’s post though seemed to jump straight to shaking hands and waving when Eugenie has done more than that in her charity work. And a marathon is tough. I have only a few under my belt. To train for one for selfish reasons or awareness shows dedication. Didn’t Eugenie do a lot for the hospital that did her back surgery? I certainly favor Bea or Eug, but unless my facts are wrong Eug is ok in my opinion.

      • bluhare says:

        My hat is off to you, FLORC. I’ve only done a half marathon and thought that was about five miles too long. :)

        Yes, Eugenie did promote the National Orthopaedic Hospital, but a quick search of her charitable work didn’t come up with much and her facebook page is all about partying.

        But I’d better get on it before LAK shows up with all her pesky facts.

      • LAK says:

        I am too old for facebook/twitter/instagram/pinterest, but the young ones love it, and post party pictures galore…..

        I don’t judge anyone for what they post on there, bar LeAnn Rimmes, but that’s another discussion and thread.

        On the charity work front, E has done more than marathons for charity, and is Patron of the hospital that treated her. They are trying to raise funds to rebuild/renovate parts of it, and she’s been very vocal/awareness Patron.

        B undertook some duties last week… sausage curls in sight, and she spoke without notes….i can’t believe how low the bar has been set by Kate that i am now praising B for speaking without notes or for her hairstyle!!!!

      • FLORC says:

        Thanks LAK
        I’m not too old for facebook, but value my job and private life too much to have one.

        Bea did a good job, but I agree the bar has been lowered considerably.

  4. Talie says:

    Charles probably won’t become King for another 10 years…I almost feel bad for him, but the public doesn’t care for him as much as The Queen or his sons.

  5. shruti says:

    Exactly! Every talentless wife/daughter out there is a “fashion designer” or “interior decorator” !! Whyyyyyy!!!!!!

  6. backwards says:

    She can hang out with Princess Madeline and her new hubby.

  7. The Original Mia says:

    Good for Eugenie! Hope she likes NYC.

  8. mslewis says:

    Actually, she most likely will be ignored in New York. It’s not like she’s a “major” Brit royal like Harry. New York seems to be where minor royals go to live without being noticed and they seldom are. Hardly anyone knew Princess Maddie was living and working in NY and she’s a real beauty. Also, Prince Albert from the banana republic of Monaco lived and worked in NY for several years and nobody really noticed him (and he’s half-American). So, unless Eugenie falls out of a nightclub super drunk and drooling on the sidewalk or falls into a swimming pool in the Hamptons, she will go unnoticed in the Big Apple.

    • Bubbles says:

      Prince Amadeo of Belgium is also there. I’ve seen an article about him running a marathon of some sort. He is very handsome. Much better looking than Giger and Baldy.

    • Spooks says:

      I just googled Amedeo. He’s veeeery cute.
      Am I the only one who doesn’t see the great beauty in Princess Madeleine? She seems very average, Eugenie has a much prettier face.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      I’m not sure I agree, only because I think the British royals get a lot more press than others, and the antics of the parents have gotten a lot of tabloid play here.

      That said, I wish her luck. I doubt her work schedule will be terribly rigorous, but perhaps she will have the opportunity to improve on her personal style, if nothing else. She and her sister always seem to look like they stepped out of Cinderella’s evil stepsisters’ closet. Her face is very pretty, but is always overshadowed by those god-awful hats.

  9. BooBooLaRue says:

    Good on her! Hopefully she can pick up some fashion tips while in New York!

  10. Anna says:

    I wonder whether Princes Andrew and Edward (and Princess Anne) will be demoted once Charles takes the throne. I feel like Charles might want to (part of his slim-down efforts) but then who will be left to do all the public heavy lifting? Will & Kate, who will be on a permanent parenting/vacation leave, and Harry, who looks like he wants to stick to his military career when he’s not club-hopping? Plus, Charles and Camilla are no spring chickens themselves. He frequently looks old enough to be his mother’s consort, not son.

    • inthekitchen says:

      Yeah, I agree. I think that Charles doesn’t want to be upstaged by ANYONE – not his siblings, their younger children, and not his own children – once he is king and that is what is driving a lot of his “slim down the monarchy” talk. However, as you mention, that will drastically cut down on the number of charities getting royal support and only mean more work for himself – who may be nearing 80 or older when he takes the throne – and for Willy-Waity and Harry. Willy and Waity certainly are in no hurry to step up their royal duties so I think they will be too spoiled and set in their ways when the time comes for them to finally step up and I don’t see that conversation going well with spoiled WillyBoy.

      I predict the monarchy will actually fall apart under Charles because it seems to be adoration for QEII that is really keeping it together now.

      • FLORC says:

        This is getting interesting! I feel like the monarchy will go downhill fast when the Queen passes and takes her work ethic with her, but will that be enough to get rid of the monarchy? Unless there is a well thought out and executed revolt I doubt it. Of course, if Will keeps treating the press like he is their King that might spring a pretty decent revolt.

      • Anna says:

        We are veeeeeeeeery far from revolt. The monarchy as an institution enjoys something like 80%+ support, with the Queen herself topping out above 90%. Compare that with Sweden, where less than half the population support the institution. The Brits, if I may generalize, are sticklers for tradition, and nothing is more traditional in Britain than monarchy. It would take much more than a lazy consort to change that. Especially if there are enough photo ops with the kids to feed the PR goodwill.

      • bluhare says:

        I think Charles has a work ethic and so does Harry. We all know Kate doesn’t; it will be interesting to see what William does once he finally quits his job. (Which I thought was already supposed to have happened?)

      • FLORC says:


        I figured as much. There would have to be a perfect storm of events. The way the public is so easily calmed with a photo op and fluff story though… Says a lot. No offence to the brits. I feel the same way about politics in the US.

        I should have stated I respect the work ethic of both Charles, Harry, and even Camilla. William will stay on until the very end. Leaving means he can’t delay the inevitable (imo).

    • bluhare says:

      FLORC: I replied in the wrong spot, but so with you on William. I am sick of his blathering attitude and (I can’t believe I’m about to type what I’m about to type) letting Kate’s PR campaign go full force. Seems so sexist of me to be annoyed by a wife being dominant; however, theirs is not exactly a common relationship is it?

      • FLORC says:


        If I may side stream this off topic.. Letting Kate’s PR flourish might be him giving her the spot light for now because she won’t have it or her child once it’s born. I was reading an interesting article about the history of babies born into the monarchy not long ago and the child is pretty much raised by the monarchy. The mother has little say. Nothing will be about Kate in a matter of several months and after being praised by papers for so long withdrawal is likely once it ends.
        To sum up he’s conceding a lot to Kate even if he doesn’t like it. He could make her do more or less, but he’s letting it fly because she’s giving the family an heir. After that… We’ll see.

  11. DanaG says:

    Hopefully she will work harder then her sister Beatrice does. Bea has managed over 6 weeks of leave in about 8 months of work. I’m sure the other workers are thrilled working along side someone who doesn’t do their job. It’s also a secret where Beatrice works no doubt some connection to Sarah or Andrew who has no problems paying for all her many holidays. Eugenie should be fine and it’s good for her to get away from her mother and her sister. I won’t be surprised to see Fergie show up to make sure she get’s seen with Eugenie in all the right places.

    • Ally says:

      secret? She works for Cabot Square Capital in London. It´s no secret. The press is silent about it because they like to bash these girls. It´s for people like YOU.

      6 weeks of leave? You don´t even know where she works, but you know she has 6 weeks leave in 8 months of work?

      Are you for real?

      • Kitten Mittens says:

        All valid points. DanaG’s post are often favorable to Kate. And there’s truly nothing wrong with that, but if Kate isn’t being praised then others that show up Kate are painted in a poor light. That’s what i’ve noticed at least. God forbid someone in the RF collect praise for doing actual work without leaving after 30 minutes to and hour for more exhausting spending sprees!

    • Bridget says:

      The York girls are doing a good job of painting themselves as a hard working alternative to Kate. But for as much as those 2 have actual jobs, they’ve both worked their connections to land cushy positions.

      • inthekitchen says:

        I think they have painted themselves as more hardworking than Waity because they ARE more hardworking. Both the York women are only a few years out of college and are already working. Bea could easily be sitting on her butt waiting for her rich BF to propose, but she isn’t – she looked for a job and is working. Yes, she vacations but most of the time she is seen out at clubs or whatever is on the weekends…I think it’s crazy to compare these two to Waity and to find them similar or lacking when it comes to either charity work or an actual job.

      • bluhare says:

        In fairness, it’s not too difficult to be seen as more hard working than Kate.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Seriously? My retired Grandma works more than Kate. It isn’t that hard to work more than Kate.

      • LAK says:

        inthekitchen – the comparison with Waity is indeed ridiculous when you know that Waity couldn’t manage a job that was tailored for her so that she only worked 3days a week as an assistant, before giving the whole thing up after 9months….the same job gave her 3mths off for what can only be regarded as ‘breaking up with your BF’ leave!!

        And Waity went clubbing 4nights a week. 4 NIGHTS EVERY SINGLE WEEK for years.

        and that’s before you factor in the 9holidays a year….

    • LAK says:

      DanaG – even if you are right about the amount of time she has taken in 8MONTHS, time spent on a combination of charity/Royal duties/holidays, it’s clear that you don’t know anything about working entitlements in the UK.

      6wks is the MINIMUM Statutory entitlement in the UK for workers.

  12. Poppy says:

    Good for her.

    Also, she’s actually very pretty. I find her a lot prettier than her sister (who works in the City – London financial district).

  13. Bridget says:

    Best of luck to Eugenie. Get her away from those awful parents, hope it’s a ‘real’ job. But seriously, as much as you dislike Kate, the new royal protocols arent even that new, and pre-date her. Your wording makes it seem otherwise.

  14. Olli says:

    Everytime i see these girls, i think how „easy“ it is for male royals. As much as i like Harry, neither he nor William had to think about finding a job or what they will do in the future. Everyone knows a male (british) Prince has to wear an uniform. The Windsors are military-royals. It was impossible that they don´t pass the aptitude test. They had a free pass.
    Both brothers had several affairs, vacations and parties all the way, they were drunk and naked in public and whatever. But boys are boys, so it was ok for everyone.

    Beatrice and Eugenie are younger than William and Harry, they are born royals, but only minors. Not really important but still Princesses in their own right. Female royals don´t join the forces, they have to find their own way. Someway. Beeing a Princess and worse: Fergie´s daughter doesn´t help very much. Who would take her seriously? Most people aren´t unbiased.

    I remember Beatrice´s graduation day. she was 23 years old and people were bashing her, they called her lazy. No one said this to Diana´s golden boys when they finished school/ university. Both girls seem to be kind, they are intelligent, they are in longtime relationships. All silent, no scandals. They do charity, they support the royal family and they work. But it will never be enough.

    • bluhare says:

      You’ve got it right Olli. It will never matter what they do because they’re too far down the hierarchy. They could be pious saints, and it would only count for being pious saints. Wouldn’t bring them any higher in royal-ness. I hope you know what I mean by that because I’m not sure it’s coming out right.

    • FLORC says:

      Marry me Olli..

      They’ll never have it easy for all those reasons. And i guess they, as well as most people can do more, but life is an uphill battle no matter what. They just seem like good people and i’ve never seen anything to make me think the contrary. And Bea’s bf is so hot.

    • Bridget says:

      Rule #1: you want to be taken seriously, dont roll with such a hard partying crowd. Of cours they dont deserve the harsh treatment they’ve gotten in the press, but though they’re ‘just’ minor royals they’re two of the best-connected young women in Britain and really do have pretty much every opportunity open to them. If they want people to take them seriously then stop going to nightclubs and work hard. We actually take Zara Phillips seriously, for goodness sake!

      • LAK says:

        Comparisons to Zara are unfair since she’s a good 6yrs older than B & E, and has had a similar time to settle and make something of her life.

        And B&E seem to go to dinners, not clubs from which they don’t exit looking drunk and disorderly unlike their cousins, including Zara.

        They also work, but people absolutely refuse to believe it, so what are they supposed to do? Have cameras document their every single moment like the Kardashians??

      • Bridget says:

        Definitely clubs. And they keep company with a pack of hard partiers – the same company that both the princes run with. The older members of that group are only recently settling down (as you see with all the weddings, etc.)

        My point was, that with hard work even Zara made people take her seriously, and that’s pretty amazing.

        And lets get real: Eugenie’s internships and job are all in her field of choice for which she has a degree, but they’re all jobs that she got through her connections. If she truly wants to be taken seriously then she’ll have to work twice as hard and twice as long. That’s just the way life is. It’s all fine and dandy for people to like the York girls (and they seem like perfectly lovely ladies, which is kind of amazing considering their parentage) but at least be realistic and stop trying to convince people that these young ladies are the studious, responsible royals who are working their way against all the odds.

      • LAK says:

        Bridget- The only club they are seen to use on the regular is Loulou’s which is a combination private members bar/supperclub club. They always seem to favour private members’ clubs/pubs/restaurants as opposed to traditional dance/trendy/drinking clubs.

        BTW, Zara wasn’t respected 10yrs ago, but the public didn’t start out hating her just because of her parentage. She was given a chance to prove herself. In comparison, these girls are disparaged, mocked and disbelieved simply for their parentage.

        The negative narrative is so entrenched that perhaps people don’t wish to change it. It’s easier to believe every horrible untruth about them.

        Finally, i never understand the argument that they are using their connections. Show me a person who hasn’t used their connections to get ahead in their careers. Zara didn’t magically go to the top of her field without her connections to the best horses in the world from HM’s stables as well as 2 Olympians for parents to coach her. She also has access to a trust fund, just like B&E.

      • Ktx says:

        I agree with you about using their connections, and how everyone does that….but by that same logic, does that make it okay for Pippa to make a name for herself and snag job opportunities, simply because her sister married into royalty?

  15. bettyrose says:

    Moving to NY should do wonders for this girl’s fashion sense.

  16. Reece says:

    Good for her!
    NYC is awesome! I hope she loves it.

  17. cw says:

    what does harry see in that cressiddaa chick
    she’s is not attractive at all

  18. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    “Art history” = a degree for dumb people from rich families. Still, if she finds a career she enjoys, good for her. She’s still rich and able to enjoy the finest things in life, but a fulfilling career really can give a person a feeling of self-worth, something they earned.

  19. TheWendyNerd says:

    Her title definitely helped her get the job. But she’s actually taking a job that involves her degree. With an Art History degree, getting a job is hard, so yes, given her lack of graduate degree, the title helped. But she’s still working, she has a job and while. It’s not a super tough workhorse job, she would never be able to take a job like that even if she wanted to. And you can’t tell nether she and Beatrice wouldn’t be taken care of even if they chose not to work. I don’t know a lot about how the monetary inheritance laws for the royal family works, but I’m sure two blood princesses would ever go hungry. That they choose to work is a good thing and they are certainly NOT bimbos.

  20. s says:

    I don’t think she’s going to be “supporting herself,” ever. That family has piles of money and entry level at an auction house in NYC won’t even pay the Manhattan rent. Everyone I know with a job at one is a trust-fund baby.

    That said good for her for doing something besides shopping and procreating.

  21. Sharron, Rochester says:

    The clue is in paragraph 5 of your quoted text – Prince Andrew has been lobbying for his girls to be put on the civil list as ‘working royals’ but Charles has pushed Her Maj to refuse… Some say it is sibling rivalry, others that Charles is a foreword thinker who realises the monarchy should slim down (no rises for guessing which view I agree with).

    As a UK (50%) tax payer, I do not begrudge the royal family their civil list as I believe the main ones earn it, but I would personally revolt if these chumps were on the payroll.

    • FLORC says:

      I agree with trimming the fat with working royals. maybe even stating you must do a minimum of x amount of engagements a year and make a percentage of those engagements actual work and not galas and photo ops. With this though only half of what Charles wants to keep will earn their keep. The other half will be enough dead weight to bring down the working end. Not to say Yorks are any better, but if I could pick and choose it would be Charles, Camilla, Harry, and B & E.
      IDK. People will take sides for their own reasons, but There are members of the RF that are drains right now and keeping them while losing harder workers because of bloodlines is terrible leadership.

  22. xxx says:

    I’ve always admired Anne for not making her kids a Prince & Princess. They just seem to have much more normal lives and never even thought about just be working royals and not getting jobs. Andrew is a twat. His daughters are actually pretty awesome and I hope that they go out there and really make something of themselves independent of the Royal Family.

    • LAK says:

      Legally, she couldn’t. The law is very clear that as a woman, she can’t pass on any title styles.

      It’s funny how much this urban legend is believed when in actual truth, she never had the power to give them any kind of title.

      On the other hand, the children’s father refused to accept a title which is the only reason the kids don’t have titles.

      • ValinFL says:

        While true that Mark Phillips did not want a title, and that Anne herself could not bestow her children a title, it was Anne and Mark’s choice together to not have the Queen give their children titles. If Anne had indeed wanted titles for her children, her mother would have surely bestowed them – the Queen and Anne are incredible close, and Mark’s decision would not have mattered.

    • Kitten Mittens says:

      That is a crazy likeness to Kate and Pippa. The York girls have no record and no appearance of being mean to anyone.. well ever! Kate and Pippa can not say the same. Don’t lash out at their looks that could very well carry on to William’s soon to be born child. He and all the cousins carry strong family characteristics that always get passed down in some form.

  23. Another K says:

    Seriously, I don’t know why these two seemingly very nice and intelligent girls don’t take this opportunity, when Charles is planning to streamline the firm, to happily step out of the line of fire. Surely they will never have to worry about money, I’m betting that Andrew has accumulated quite a bank account, so why would you want to live a life where you are constantly criticized and embarassed in the press for being chubby and fashion-challenged (all things public folk are not allowed to be) and your parents are publicly ridiculed (and I’m not pretending that I haven’t said those things as well). It must be just mortifying and at times intensely depressing. And I doubt that they spend all of their off time doing good works. I’m pretty sure I just saw a photo of one of them on a yacht in Monte Carlo. But there is nothing wrong with that and if they took themselves off the Civil List or whatever it’s called now, they wouldn’t have to be concerned with what the public thinks of their yachting holidays or their club nights or their teeth or their weight or their fashion choices or on and on and on.

    Like it or not, it’s fast becoming the Charles and Camilla Show, and it’s better to gracefully opt out now than to be seen as being pushed out. They could keep their princess titles but get out of the wretched limelight and live a much more normal and healthy life. I think they would be much the happier for it. (Kate should bail as well if she wants to live a halfway sane life but she chose and she’s stuck for now but that’s another story)

    Just my opinion. Sorry it’s so long.

    • Kitten Mittens says:

      Another K
      I sort of agree with you. The public hate on hem could be cut down if they just stepped aside. They do, however, do quite a lot of charity work and public funding does help. They could continue doing it on their own time and dime, but more could be done with help.

      And the Kate running for the hills bit. Another poster mentioned how Kate will not raise her child and neither will her folks, but the firm takes over and raises them with nannies, tutors, and boarding school. You pretty much give up the rights to your future children with the “i do’s”

    • LAK says:

      Another K – You make very valid points. Here is the problem….except for the summer mandatory outings [Ascot, trooping the colour] and Christmas, these girls have stepped away from it all.

      They have jobs. They are not receiving tax payer funds in an indirect way eg via security. All their expenses are met privately and still the public refuses to accept all of this.

      We don’t see them often because they are working regular jobs. They used their holiday entitlement for their holidays and royal duties/charity.

      And yet Kate is the preferred royal, and we know why we don’t see her….go figure.

  24. Flower says:

    Paddle8 is not exactly Christies or Sothebys, its not even a Doyles, it’s actually basically an online auction site set up by people out for a fast trendy buck in the contemporary art world and there is plenty of slimey skulduggery going on in that world.

    Eugenie is being used as PR, not for her expertise in anything, she is a sweet, probably naive girl and I hope she isn’t being taken advantage of. The owners are likely to be looking for a big buyout in a few years just as he did at ‘Phillips’ and are upping their PR profile and networth by employing Eugenie.

    I bet Mama Fergie is licking her lips with glee, she’ll be muscling herself into Eugenies NY life as soon as she can.

    Off topic but I read in an old news article a few days ago that Fergie probably set fire to her own flat in London so Andrew would have to take her in at The Lodge (his vast house in the Windsor estate), she’s been there ever since. Sarah is one conniving woman ‘needy and greedy’ as some of her old friends have said. She will be a millstone around those poor York girls necks for the rest of their lives unfortunately.