A recent matter that has been debated on social media and with a poll taken by Royal Central regarding whether Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice should become full-time, working royals has been denied by Her Majesty. This has left their father, Prince Andrew furious. He believes Eugenie and Beatrice should be seen as equals to Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.
As Royal Central reported a few days ago, Prince Andrew wrote his mother himself, demanding his daughters be made full-time, working royals and be given accommodations at Kensington Palace. This row between the Duke of York and his brother, the Prince of Wales over the public roles of the two princesses has caused great tension between them.
A royal source told The Sun: “Andrew has always wanted his daughters to be full-time royals. He sees it as a slight on him and them if they are not. But Charles calls the shots and he wants the Royal Family giving value for money.”
Another source confided that Prince Andrew: “Believes his daughters are being overshadowed by William, Kate, and Harry, and it will get worse as Prince George and Princess Charlotte get older. He fears that they will be totally sidelined when the Queen dies.”
The Prince of Wales has made it very clear that he wishes to streamline the monarchy with only the most senior members at the forefront at major royal events mainly, Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge. An example of this was seen on the balcony at the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, where the Queen, the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were present. Prince Philip was ill and absent.
This isn’t the first incident where the Duke of York was left displeased of his daughters’ treatment by the Monarchy. In 2011, the princesses had their 24-hour police protection detail discontinued. Having them receive protection would make the budget exceed its annual allowance of £500,000. Full-time royals, like the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal do receive this support from the Sovereign Grant, which is money provided by the Government. The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are supported by income from the Duchy of Cornwall.
Many who voted in Royal Central‘s poll agreed with the Queen’s decision. Graham Smith, a member of the ‘pressure group Republic’, told The Sun of the decision: “At a time of serious economic uncertainty the last thing we need is a grasping, greedy royal demanding more of our cash.” A spokeswoman from Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the matter.