The Truth About Princess Eugenie And Princess Beatrice's Relationship

We've been on the royal family beat for some time now, and even if you consider yourself completely detached from the British monarchy, you have to admit there's something about "The Firm" that is incredibly captivating. Whether you're truly just a fan of Queen Elizabeth and love to see her on the job, or you're an admirer of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and their very obvious ascension to royal power, or you're a royal-defector type firmly on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's side, there's something for everyone to latch onto when it comes to the Windsors. But what about the lives and experiences of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, the two daughters of the controversial Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson?

The two sisters haven't been exposed to as much press coverage as their cousins, William and Harry, but the world is still properly obsessed with them. Of course, many of us can recall how the press brutalized them as they grew up in the spotlight, but both have seemed to emerge as strong, talented women. So, with that said, what is their dynamic like with each other? Are they complete opposites, or are they more similar than different? We've got all the answers about Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice's relationship.

The sisters have called each other their 'rock'

There's the stereotypical trope that many, if not all, sisters fall into — that just minutes after threatening the life of the other because one stole an article of clothing without asking, they're back to being best friends. For Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, it seems as though their relationship couldn't be more stable, and, in an extensive sit-down interview with Vogue UK, the two shared that they've helped each other through their very unique lives. "We're each other's rocks," Eugenie expressed, making every sister reading this pick up her phone to text her sisterly half (or third). "We're the only other person in each other's lives who can know exactly what the other one is going through."

The two also shared that this bond has helped them through scary times. Eugenie revealed, when they were younger, she'd make Beatrice — the more confident of the two at the time — "go into parties first" so she would feel more comfortable following suit. "I'd hide behind her and she'd make the first move, then I'd get louder and louder as she made me more confident," Eugenie shared.

Eugenie and Beatrice share a close bond from growing up in the spotlight together

Growing up is not easy for anyone — each stage of life comes with its own unique challenges, not to mention that ages 10 to 14 are just rough for most. But imagine coming of age in the limelight? That was the reality for Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, and, in an interview with Vogue UK, they shared what it was like to grow up in such an intense media circus. "Growing up in the media, it's... interesting," Eugenie said, Vogue noting she chose her words "carefully." "We've had some serious grounding from our parents. They've had their fair share of terrible media interest and it makes us stronger," she added.

In fact, Beatrice turned that strength into action. She co-founded Big Change, a "social-impact accelerator," joining forces with the Be Cool, Be Nice campaign that advocates for internet kindness. "We need to be supportive of our young people, given that our world is over-exposed," she said. As far as how they deal with media negativity? The sisters revealed "there's no point being angry" with people who criticize them. "We just need to shine light and love in the world," Eugenie said.

How did their parents' divorce impact Eugenie and Beatrice?

Royal marriages were breaking up left, right, and center in the 1990s — Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice's parents, were one said couple. When they initially separated, Beatrice and Eugenie were only ages 4 and 2, respectively, which, in any case, is an awful experience for any kid.

How did their parents' separation impact the two young royals? In a Channel 5 documentary, royal author Tom Quinn claimed their parents' divorce had "long-lasting" impacts on both girls, given the drama surrounding their familial life (via the Daily Mail). "Beatrice and Eugenie had a very odd childhood, where their parents were, on the face of it, remained friends but they were seeing other people from quite early on," he said. "I think that was quite probably damaging in a subtle but kind of long-lasting way."

His sentiment was shared by Richard Kay, who highlighted the awkward dynamic created between Ferguson and the royal family. "That must have been very hard to understand when they were young girls, you know, 'Why isn't Mummy allowed in the big house anymore?'" he said.

Why does Beatrice's baby have a royal title, but Eugenie's baby does not?

You would think that because Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are just that — princesses — that their kids would have royal titles, too. But, in one of the few differences between the sisters we could find, we discovered that Eugenie's son does not have a title, but Beatrice's daughter does. Before you say scandal, let's break it down. Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, welcomed their son in February 2021 (via People). Because royal titles are given at marriage and both Beatrice and Eugenie did not receive official royal titles from Queen Elizabeth, little August did not inherit one at birth. 

So why does Beatrice's baby have a title? It's all to do with her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. As noted by People, Mozzi is the sole male descendent of his family and just so happens to be a count. His father shared with the press that Mozzi's title automatically makes Beatrice a countess, and, by proxy, their children "counts or nobile donna." It all sounds incredibly fancy to us, but there you have it. While the sisters' respective children do not have titles attached to their names, we're sure they'll have at least a couple of royal perks throughout their lives — and we're sure this little difference doesn't affect the sisters' relationship at all.

Beatrice and Eugenie are both close with their mom

As aforementioned, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were just little girls when their parents separated — by 1996, they were officially no longer married. Beatrice was 8, and Eugenie was 6, as noted by Express. Already, the two girls had gone through a tremendous amount of stress, having to navigate the world of royalty and parental separation at such a young age.

This may be why the two girls seem incredibly close with their mother, Sarah Ferguson, and why she has made an effort to hold onto meaningful keepsakes from years gone by. As captured by The Sun, Fergie was on her way home from a party in London when cameras caught a glimpse of a lovely, personal keepsake she keeps in her personal vehicle. Taped onto the back seat of the passenger chair was a pink Post-it note that read, "I love you mummy xx," clearly from one of her two daughters. Despite separation and difficult circumstances, that bond between mother and daughter was on display for the world to see. Given the note's tape job and tattered edges, we're guessing it'd been there a while.

The princesses grew up together in the Royal Lodge Windsor, where one still lives

When we think of the royals, we think of Buckingham Palace and lavish jewelry. But, for Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, their childhood mostly took place at the Royal Lodge Windsor, and from the sneak peeks we were able to get of the home (courtesy of Sarah Ferguson's YouTube channel), their childhood home looks to be warm, welcoming, and, oh, so cozy. 

As noted by Hello!, during the coronavirus pandemic, Fergie started a YouTube channel where she posts videos of her reading children's books (all part of an initiative to encourage reading in young kids). From the videos, we got a look inside Eugenie and Beatrice's home. The princesses told Vogue UK their childhood together was "regular," and it certainly looks that way given their home. The videos show that the Royal Lodge Windsor is not too dissimilar to a middle-class house in the U.S., adorned with nice (but not gaudy) furniture. Eugenie must've loved her childhood home, because Hello! reported that she and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, live there along with her parents (yes, they're divorced, but they live together, that is, when Fergie is not in New York — we don't get it either).

The allegations against Prince Andrew have been incredibly difficult for his daughters

The allegations against Prince Andrew have captivated a large, multi-national audience. As noted by the Mirror, Andrew was accused of sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre when she was just 17 years old — she claimed she was "trafficked to him" and subsequently abused — and the entire situation was linked to sexual predator, the late Jeffrey Epstein. 

Unsurprisingly, Andrew has denied all allegations against him, but he faces civil proceedings in the U.S. With the disturbing news circulating about their father, it doesn't come as a surprise to learn that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie haven't taken the information well — while they have each other to lean on, the news is a grotesque level of disturbing. Royal journalist Charlotte Griffiths told the Mirror, "[Beatrice] must find it really difficult, she genuinely believes her father is like this perfect individual." As for Eugenie, she's said to be "completely baffled" by the revelations. "She's just got a new baby, it must be a really stressful time for her. I feel really bad for the girls," Griffiths shared.

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The sisters have celebrated each other's milestones together, including motherhood

There's nothing better than getting to watch your sibling grow and thrive as an adult. Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have not only grown as individuals, but they've gotten to share some of life's best milestones with each other, and, as noted by Hola!, that includes becoming mothers for the first time.

Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, introduced their son to the world in February 2021 and shared this adorable photo of the three a month later. By September 2021, Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, welcomed their baby girl. Eugenie was clearly so excited for her sister she took to social media to pen a gorgeous letter to the new family of three. "To my dearest Beabea and Edo⁣. Congratulations on your new angel. I can't wait to meet her and I'm so proud of you," Eugenie wrote. She went on to say how excited she was to raise her child alongside her sister — if your heart isn't melting, we just don't know what to say. "To my new niece, I love you already," she wrote. "We're going to have so much fun ⁣together."

Eugenie and Beatrice both understand what it's like being royals who work

What makes Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice's relationship so special is not only are they close, but they also have experienced a truly unique upbringing and introduction to the world — only the other knows what it's like to be a princess and to go through life with the attention that the royal family demands. In a surprising twist, however, the two sat down with Vogue UK and shared what it's like balancing their work, personal lives, and royal duties. "We want to show people who we are as working, young, royal women, but also not to be afraid of putting ourselves out there," Eugenie shared. 

And working women they are, indeed, as they both work "regular jobs." Beatrice is the vice-president of partnership and strategy for Afiniti, a technology company based in the U.S. — talk about an impressive resume. Eugenie, on the other hand, went the creative route, serving as the associate director for Hauser & Wirth, a contemporary art gallery. The two princesses balance all of this in addition to the philanthropic work they do on behalf of the royal family. How do they do it all? "There are meltdowns," Eugenie shared. "But we have very understanding bosses."

Princess Eugenie has praised her sister on social media

When we think of social media pages belonging to royal family members, we often think of the very professional, curated Instagram of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But when it comes to Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, the two working royals present what seems to be their very authentic selves on social media, which is not only refreshing, but it gives us the opportunity to see their day-to-day lives! While Beatrice doesn't appear to have an Instagram page, Eugenie does and makes a point of sharing old photos and sweet messages involving her sister.

One such post occurred on Beatrice's birthday, when the younger of the two York girls shouted out her sister on her big day. "You are sensational and I have loved every minute watching you be brave and true ... and you," Eugenie wrote (how sweet is that?). And while Beatrice doesn't share herself on social media, her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, does, with his posts giving great insight into their sweet love story. "You are the kindest, loveliest and most beautiful person in the world. Thank you my darling for every second," he wrote on Instagram on the couple's first anniversary. Swoon.

The princesses relied on each other when they were shamed by the press

It seemed as though literally everyone in the world tuned in to watch Kate Middleton marry Prince William, seemingly the event of the century, with everyone who was anyone in attendance on that heavily-watched day. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, of course, attended the wedding, but it was the aftermath of the event that took a turn for the worse. Both princesses were heavily criticized for what they wore on the day, and, as Cosmopolitan noted, the press coverage, memes, and online nastiness were seemingly never-ending.

In this difficult, public moment of shaming, Beatrice and Eugenie turned to each other for support, sharing what it was like to endure that kind of criticism with Vogue UK. "There was a horrible article that had been written about Beatrice and she got really upset," Eugenie shared. "We were just about to step out and she had a bit of a wobble and cried. I was looking after her. And then about an hour later, I had a wobble and started crying and Bea was there for me." Here's your friendly reminder that celebrities are people with feelings, too.

Beatrice and Eugenie are open about their shared struggles living life in the public eye

Being a working royal seems like an insurmountable challenge, and the obstacles in the way of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are ever-changing. In their interview with Vogue UK, they shared that, while being in the royal family certainly has its perks, such as allowing them the opportunity to give back, it comes with its unique set of challenges.

For the two princesses in their early 30s, they are learning together what it's like to forge ahead on their own paths, defining the line between their private and personal lives as they go. "It's hard to navigate situations like these because there is no precedent, there is no protocol," Beatrice revealed. "We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we're also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye."

To top it all off, both princesses have worked together to present their authentic selves — something incredibly difficult to do in the age of social media. "Nowadays, it's so easy to recoil when you see a perfect image on Instagram — but it's important that it's real. We're real," Eugenie said.

The sisters get along so well because of their complementary personalities

While we've recounted story after story of how Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have been there for one another, you may have wondered how do they get along so well? We had a similar thought, and, luckily, so did The Telegraph.

In her first-ever sit-down interview in 2008, shortly before she turned 18, Eugenie shared with the outlet what makes her relationship with Beatrice so special: They have a number of things in common but "very different personalities" — a combination which provides for the perfect balance. "We get on fantastically well, perhaps because we do and think different things," Eugenie shared. "I am definitely not as polite as Beatrice, I have to say. I tell it as it is. I am shyer at first." However, Eugenie admitted it doesn't take her long to come out of her shell, admitting, "I am much louder and she is far more polite and solicitous."

Beatrice and Eugenie do occasionally fight

The lovely bond between Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice isn't to say there haven't been sisterly tiffs between them. After all, who has a sister and doesn't get into quarrels with them over silly stuff like who gets to use the bathroom mirror first and the dreaded "you took that out of my closet without asking" argument?

As it turns out, Eugenie and Beatrice's biggest tiffs are "usually over something trivial," as they told Vogue UK, with one of the most brutal fights between them being over a pair of Converse shoes. "We have the same size feet and both of us had identical pairs. One pair got trashed and the other sister may have swapped them," Beatrice shared. The argument, though, didn't stop them from collaborating together when it comes to fashion. Not only did they indulge in the Vogue UK photoshoot, in which they both looked absolutely dazzling, but they also helped each other out with each of their weddings. It's safe to say that these two have a tight sisterly bond that certainly won't break.