Prince Andrew first wanted his daughter, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to become full-time working royals. However, Prince Charles, who is hoping in streamlining the monarchy when he is King felt that the two should not be given the taxpayer-funded role.
It is now being reported that Prince Andrew is asking for earldoms for his future son-in-laws, ensuring that any future grandchildren will not be “commoners”.
While Princess Beatrice is recently single, it is expected that Princess Eugenie and her long-term partner, Jack Brooksbank are expected to announce their engagement in the near future making time of the essence for Prince Andrew to secure those titles.
“… His daughters’ children will be commoners, defined as one of the ordinary or common people, as opposed to the aristocracy or to royalty” a source told the Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle column.
In August, rumours about Eugenie being engaged to the 30-year-old nightclub owner began to swirl but the Fergie, the Duchess of York’s spokesperson denied the reports.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Princess Anne, The Queen’s only daughter, asked for her children to have no titles at all.
This new report about Prince Andrew’s requests begs to suggest the Her Majesty did not grant his first wish in making Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie full-time working royals. Once Prince Charles ascends the throne, it is speculated that he may cut off some of his extended family from being royally active and focus on higher ranking members of the Royal Family.
Her Majesty has become more cost-conscious over the years and has slimmed down Monarchy with only a core six members of the family taking a major public role. While Prince Charles, William and Harry’s roles are certain, the same can’t be said for the rest of the members of the Royal Family. Over the past few years, The Queen has had to stop subsidising some of her more distant relatives. For example, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent had to begin paying rent on their Kensington Palace apartments which were previously supplied by The Queen.