A poll conducted by Royal Central shows that over half of people surveyed believe that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie should not become full time working royals.
The poll, which was conducted on Twitter, shows that 55% of people are against the motion that the York sisters undertake engagements on behalf of the Royal Family, whereas 45% are in favour.
— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) October 23, 2016
The results of this poll come after the Duke of York and Prince of Wales reportedly had a row over the future roles of Beatrice and Eugenie.
The two daughters currently do not undertake official engagements on behalf of the Royal Family. Prince Andrew would like them to be given tax payer funded roles and accommodation at Kensington Palace.
Although not a representative sample, the closeness of the poll shows how contested the issue is over what role Prince Andrew’s daughters should play in the future of the British monarchy.
In an opinion piece, Charlie Proctor, Editor of Royal Central, says that Beatrice and Eugenie should become full time working royals.
He says: “When Prince Phillip and other older members of the family can no longer conduct engagements, somebody will have to pick up on the extra work. Being as the UK has two Princesses sitting around doing not very much, why not give them responsibilities so they can gradually take over some of the senior family members’ responsibilities?”
In another opinion piece, Royal Central’s Assistant Editor, Jamie Samhan offers an alternate point of view.
She says: “It is not that I don’t think they are capable of the work. They both got exceptional grades at school and can prove themselves when needed but both William and Harry were prepped for these positions since the day they were born. Camilla and Kate also have gone through extensive training to take on their positions. I am sure Beatrice and Eugenie have learned a thing or two but nothing compared to the weekly meetings with Granny Prince William had as a child.”
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