Did Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have a normal childhood? Not necessarily, according to the royal experts interviewed in the documentary Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses? (Beatrice and Eugenie: pampered princess?, In French), broadcast this October 17 on the British channel Channel 5.
Today, they are two women to whom everything seems to smile. Princess Beatrice, cousin of Princes William and Harry, was able to marry her fiancé on July 17 Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, after several attempts. His little sister, Eugenie, awaits a happy event, scheduled for the beginning of the year 2021. So many events that made the joy of their two parents, Prince Andrew, the favorite son of Queen Elizabeth II, and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. Yet, behind this almost idyllic facade, the family would have experienced some dysfunctions, especially at the time of the divorce of the Duke of York and Fergie. This is what reveals the documentary Beatrice and Eugenie : Pampered Princesses ? (Beatrice and Eugenie: pampered princesses ?, in French), broadcast this October 17 on the British channel Channel 5, and that the Daily Mail was able to see a preview.
According to author Tom Quinn, interviewed in the report, this separation had impacts “durables” on Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, then aged four and two. At the time, the couple was forced to go their separate ways because of the scandal caused by Sarah Ferguson. In 1992, the SunBritish tabloid publishes photos of Duchess of York having her feet licked by her financier. “Calamity Fergie” East banished from the royal family, by order of Prince Philip. Beatrice and Eugenie’s parents end up divorcing four years later.
“A very strange childhood”
Yet despite this separation, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson continue to see each other. “Beatrice and Eugenie had a very strange childhood, where their parents were, at first glance, still friends, and at the same time, they saw other people “, observe Tom Quinn. “I think it was probably damaging, this in a subtle but lasting way. ” Above all, the mother of the two daughters struggles to regain stability after this forced separation. “At this stage, they no longer lived in Sunninghill. Their mother had rented a house not far away “, says Richard Kay, journalist for the Daily Mail, also interviewed in the documentary.
Problem: Sarah Ferguson will multiply the moves over the following years, leading in her wake Beatrice and Eugenie. “She rented a series of houses in Surrey and Berkshire, in which she moved with alarming regularity. Which in itself must have been unsettling for the girls “, reveals Richard Kay. The two children also had to face the banishment of their mother. A trauma that remained. “Christmas at Sandringham (one of the residences of the royal family – Editor’s note) is a great family occasion and suddenly, Sarah Ferguson was no longer there“, deciphers historian Wesley Kerr. “It must have been very difficult for the two young girls to understand..”
Their parents’ problems have a profound impact on Beatrice and Eugenie’s life. “The whole family has become an easy target because the parents made such big mistakes that the girls inevitably got carried away “, says Tom Quinn. Criticized for their fashion sense, the two princesses still undergo the escapades of their parents. Evidenced by the accusations against their father, Prince Andrew. The latter is notably accused of having sex with minors.