The Duke of York has released an unprecedented statement categorically denying media reports that he is in the midst of a bitter dispute with his brother, Prince Charles, over the future roles of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The statement in full:
“Over the past few weeks a number of stories have been run in various newspapers that have no basis of fact and the most recent, relating to my daughters, requires correction to terminate further speculation and innuendo.
- It is a complete fabrication to suggest I have asked for any future husbands of the Princesses to have titles.
- There is no truth to the story that there could be a split between The Prince of Wales and I over my daughters’ participation as members of the Royal Family and any continued speculation is pointless.
“As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them to be modern working young women, who happen to be Members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building their careers. When they do support the Royal Family in its work this is very much appreciated by my Family and most importantly by these organisations and to those whom their participation makes such a difference to their lives.
“Whilst I appreciate, as Granddaughters of The Queen, there is considerable interest in my daughters, I cannot continue to stand by and have the media speculate on their futures based on my purported interventions, which are completely made up and an invention.”
The statement, which has many typos, is unprecedented for a member of the Royal Family in such a senior position.