“One of my best friends jokingly says: 'Hi, Princess,’ ” she said in a rare interview, “and I say: 'Shut up.’ It is one of the things that bugs me most in the world.” Being a princess, it seems, just ain’t what it used to be.
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She has also found the door to any part-time role as a working royal firmly shut in her face; she was said to have been keen to join her father, the Duke of York, on his tour of India later this year, when he will be the Queen’s representative celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, but was turned down.
Some potential employers, however, are said to have found the presence of her burly protection officers rather a turn-off.
Her younger sister, meanwhile, gives the impression that she would shed her royal title in a trice if she could.
I’m willing to bet that if you ask the person nearest to you who is fifth in the line of succession, they will struggle without resorting to Google or slowly counting off the Royal family on their fingers.
The answer, to save them the trouble, is Princess Beatrice, whose public profile is so low that huge swaths of the country wrongly thought the young woman wearing a “loo seat” on her head for the royal wedding was her sister Princess Eugenie.
The roaring success of their cousin Prince Harry’s tour of the Caribbean earlier this month, coupled with the worldwide fascination with the Duchess of Cambridge, has only served to highlight the conundrum for the Royal family of just what to do with Beatrice, Eugenie and other “minor” members of the Royal family.
The bad news for them is that all of the noises coming out of Buckingham Palace in recent years have suggested the Queen favours a gradual shrinking of the Civil List as she tries to trim the cost of the Royal family to satisfy public opinion.Although Peter Phillips, 34, resigned earlier this month from his job as head of global sponsorship at RBS, he should have no trouble finding another post, having built up an impressive CV without attracting the sort of criticism meted out to his aunts.His sister, Zara, has built a career as an equestrian with little controversy. Ironically, the haphazard evolution of the Civil List (which is something of a misnomer, as there is no “list” of those who are kept by the state) means that far less senior members of the Royal family than Beatrice and Eugenie have working roles.But, as has been shown by their mother, the Duchess of York, and their aunt, the Countess of Wessex, finding a job suitable for someone with HRH in front of their name can be a princess-sized mantrap.The Countess of Wessex had to give up the chairmanship of a PR firm after she was caught by the News of the World’s “fake sheikh” making indiscreet remarks about politicians and members of the Royal family, while her business partner was accused of exploiting the Countess’s status.There are currently 16 full-time working members of the Royal family but the Prince of Wales is said to favour cutting that number to eight or nine when he becomes king, leaving no room for the likes of Beatrice and Eugenie, or their younger cousins Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, when they come of age.