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Princess Beatrice encourages others to ‘be authentic’

Princess Beatrice
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At a women in business event, Princess Beatrice got candid about ‘impostor syndrome,’ something she says to deal with “every day.” This is the Princess’ first public remarks since her father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York stepped down from the public eye.

Andrew stepped down due to controversy following an interview in which he spoke candidly about his former relationship with financier and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is said to have committed suicide in a New York prison while awaiting sex trafficking charges.

Beatrice works as the Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy for the software firm, Afiniti, but the Princess attended the Christmas event for Women in Cable Telecommunications on Tuesday. The event was advertised online as an ‘end-of-year celebration’ to ‘celebrate a year of inspirational women.’

Other guest speakers at the event included Sarah Haran, founder and creative director of the luxury handbag retailer and, Amanda Thompson, CEO, and founder of the winemaker.

After the event, Thompson tweeted: “Interesting to hear Princess Beatrice has impostor syndrome like the rest of us tonight.”

That comment is just one of many remarks of kudos that the Princess received. Another attendee, Rebecca Pike shared: “Kudos to Princess Beatrice for her honest words at an event this evening.”

At the event, it’s reported that the Princess had said:

“You have to find a way to be yourself, to be authentic. I have impostor syndrome every day but it’s something we all have to overcome.”

Imposter syndrome causes one to doubt their accomplishments and to have an internalised fear of being exposed as a “fraud.”

Research has shown that there is a relationship between imposter syndrome and factors such as family expectations, graduate-level coursework, racial identities, anxiety and, depression.

Recent research also suggests that imposter phenomenon can be linked as a reaction to particular events.



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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.