How Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s Names Got Dragged Into Prince Andrew’s Latest Scandal

Over the last few years, Prince Andrew has garnered plenty of headlines for reasons the royal family would like to forget. From the allegation that he had sex with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims when she was a minor to his “car crash interview” where he showed no empathy to his settlement before that case even went to trial. Now, the Duke of York is involved in a whole new scandal but this case mentions the names of his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, as well.

Prince Andrew with his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, who are now caught up in his fraud case, arriving to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Andrew with his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice arriving to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | CHRIS JACKSON/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Andrew’s public scandals have been hard on Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

It’s been reported that having their father’s name in the news for sexual assault allegations has been extremely hard on Beatrice and Eugenie.

Following the duke’s infamous interview in 2019 Eugenie, who is very active on social media, did not post anything for quite a while and was seen leaving a number of charity events and dinners alone. 

Her sister, Beatrice, was spotted just after their dad’s interview aired at her then-fiancé’s birthday party. Sources said that she showed up to the affair looking somber and without any makeup. Other eyewitnesses said she was “tearful at times” throughout the night.

An insider told the Daily Mail: “Beatrice sat in on the discussions before Andrew did the interview. Initially, Beatrice was skeptical that a television interview, which would inevitably delve into her father’s private life, was such a good idea. She was asking lots of pertinent questions and had her doubts.” The publication also noted that “It is understood that Beatrice, with the benefit of hindsight, is now mortified that she did not do more to stop the interview [from] going ahead.”

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice standing with their father, Prince Andrew, at St. Lawrence Church in Sandringham
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice standing with their father, Prince Andrew, at St. Lawrence Church in Sandringham | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Prince Andrew’s fraud case mentions his daughters and his ex-wife

Since then, many royal fans have felt bad for the York sisters over their father’s behavior and now their names have been mentioned in a fraud case against the duke.

According to The Telegraph, in the case “Turkish millionaire Nebahat Evyap Isbilen claims that she entrusted her financial adviser Selman Turk with £67 million, including payments to Prince Andrew totaling more than £1 million, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson for £225,000 and his daughter Princess Eugenie for £25,000 … Isbilen says she believed the payment was for the prince’s assistance with obtaining a new passport after she fled the country, where her husband is imprisoned. However, Turk and Prince Andrew’s office allegedly later told her bankers that the sum was a ‘wedding gift’ for Princess Beatrice.”

The two princesses are not believed to have had any knowledge of their parents’ alleged transactions. In a statement via People, Eugenie said: “On 31 March 2022 I received a letter from solicitors Peters & Peters representing their client Nebahat Evyap Isbilen in her claim against a Mr. Selman Turk, and various companies. I know neither Mrs. Isbilen nor Mr. Turk (nor any other details of the claim) and I was surprised to receive this letter, which asked me to explain two payments made to my bank account in October 2019, which I understood to be gifts from a long-standing family friend to assist with the cost of a surprise party for my mother, Sarah, Duchess of York’s 60th birthday.

“In early October 2019 I had received a call from our family friend saying that he wanted to make a financial contribution towards my mother’s birthday party to assist with the catering costs. I suggested that any contribution could be made directly to the caterers, but in the event provided my account details to which two payments were made totaling £25,000, which I then transferred on to the company organizing my mother’s party. I am now consulting with my lawyers who I have asked to respond to Peters & Peters on my behalf to assist in their inquiries.”

Prince Andrew photographed with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie prior to a walkabout
Prince Andrew photographed with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie prior to a walkabout | Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for The Patron’s Lunch

The Duke of York recently settled his high-profile court case with Virginia Giuffre 

Prince Andrew has always denied the allegation brought against him by Virginia Giuffre, who said she was trafficked by the convicted pedophile Epstein and had sex with Andrew three different times when she was 17. However, on Feb. 15, it was announced that the Duke of York reached a settlement with Giuffre.

Court documents released in the case state: “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out-of-court settlement. The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement. Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.”

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