Why Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice No Longer Have 24-Hour Police Protection

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been in the news since they first started dating, and Kate Middleton and Prince William have also taken over for their relationship and children. But we can’t forget about the legacy of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. The famous sisters are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the royal couple who may have had the most infamous relationship of all. And with Eugenie and Beatrice seemingly out of the spotlight, we’re all wondering where they stand with the family.

It was recently found that Princess Eugenie wasn’t receiving any money from the royals — and that brought us back to news from years past that the sisters also don’t have the same police protection as some of the more famous royal family members. Here’s why.

Princess Eugenie doesn’t get an allowance from the royal family

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice differ from other royals in a major way — and that’s that they’re not technically “working royals.” A working royal is a family member who attends official engagements as a representative of the British royals. And while Beatrice and Eugenie will occasionally attend a few events here and there, they don’t conduct official business under the royal family name. Instead, they’ve pursued their own business ventures (and have seemingly taken quite a few vacations along the way, too).

So, what does this mean for them? It seems working royals get their hand in the Privy Purse, which is an allowance provided by the monarchy. And because the daughters don’t work, Express notes they don’t get any money out of the Privy Purse, either. The publication only mentions Eugenie here, but given that Beatrice falls under the same status, it most likely means she’s also not getting any handouts.

Both princesses were also cut off from 24-hour police protection years ago

Princess Eugenie of York (C) and Princess Beatrice of York (R)
Princess Eugenie of York (C) and Princess Beatrice of York (R) | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

It’s not just the Privy Purse that the princesses don’t have access to. Before it was revealed that Eugenie doesn’t get a royal allowance, the Daily Mail reported that they also didn’t get the same police protection as the working royals, either. Back in 2011, it was reported that it was costing over 500,000 British pounds to give Beatrice and Eugenie 24-hour police watch. They were then stripped of this and only receive police protection if they’re attending a royal event.

It seems their father, Prince Andrew, wasn’t too happy about this, however. The Daily Mail reports he was quite upset with this verdict, as he didn’t see why they should be treated differently from other royal family members. Unfortunately, his arguments failed him, and the sisters are seemingly still without the same status of police protection as the working royals. The good news is that according to private police assessments, Eugenie and Beatrice are seemingly at low risk for being targeted.

Eugenie and Beatrice are still managing to make their own way without the help

Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

While Andrew wasn’t happy about the police protections lift (and we imagine he’s not happy that his daughters don’t get a hand in the royal allowance money, either), the princesses are managing to make their own way just fine. Eugenie shares her life with husband Jack Brooksbank on her Instagram, and Good Housekeeping notes she also is the director of a London art gallery, Hauser & Wirth. As for Beatrice, she is a businesswoman and has worked for the venture capital firm, Sandbridge, and then at software company Afiniti.

Despite the princesses having seemingly normal jobs, royal family followers still think they’re ultra-privileged and can’t claim they’re just the rest of us. Even the royal editor of the Daily Mirror thinks they’re “cringeworthy” and added, “The very fact that they are talking about the pressures of their personal lives, about being young independent woman while being members of the Royal Family – it’s just a bit too much to stomach for some people, myself included.”

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