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Princess Beatrice and Eugenie may be copying Meghan when it comes to childcare

Beatrice and Eugenie are 'phenomenal mothers' says Fergie

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The two sisters, Princess Beatrice, 33, and Princess Eugenie, 31, flew to Greece to attend the nuptials of Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark to Nina Flohr, a distant relative of the late Prince Philip.

Beatrice’s husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, shared photographs from his visit to the Acropolis in Athens with Wolfie, his five-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Baby Sienna, meanwhile, could have stayed in the UK with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, who may have offered to care for her as well as for August, the son of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, 35.

Sienna was only born five weeks ago, while August was welcomed to the world in February.

Grandmother Fergie, 62, is known to adore the two young children and to be proud of how her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are going through motherhood.

After becoming a first-time grandmother to baby boy August earlier this year, Fergie was absolutely delighted: “I’ve had sisters, I’ve got daughters with very cute Barbie dolls.

“But now I’m into trains, trucks and tractors and all that stuff which I’m going to learn and I really find it fantastic that August is really a little chap!”

The Duchess’s bond with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie is known to be tight. The sisters have often spoken highly about their mother, praising how good of a parent she has been.

Fergie said of Sienna she is “very, very beautiful”.

And speaking of her bond with August, she told Hello!: “It’s so funny because when August smiles at me now, because he’s seven and a half months, you actually know he genuinely likes you.

“It’s not a put-on smile, he genuinely finds me very funny, which is quite lucky.”

The Duchess’s support to her daughters reminds of the help offered to the Sussexes by Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother, who even took a doula training course ahead of the birth of Archie, the two-year-old son of Meghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37.

Doria, 65, is very close to her daughter. Wanting to ensure Meghan received the best after-birth support that she needed, she flew to London and moved into Frogmore Cottage with Harry and Meghan to help the couple prepare for the birth of their first son in May 2019.

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When he was born, she said she was “overjoyed”.

In Amazon Prime documentary Meghan Markle: Changing Traditions, entertainment reporter Ashley Pearson said: “Meghan’s mother Doria has been unfailingly supportive of her daughter, so much so that she took a class on how to be a supportive doula in the birthing room.

“She was seen actually taking classes on this in LA so her mother was studied up and she came over to help and assist Meghan during the home birth and during the birth process.”

Meghan’s mother was one of the people expressing concern for her when the Duchess was still a working royal.

Before Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back and move to California, a royal insider said Doria had been concerned and was “relieved her daughter was putting her mental health and wellbeing first”.

The source described Doria as the “epitome of calmness throughout” and said both Meghan and Harry trust her judgement “100 percent”.

Doria, who is a social worker and yoga instructor, was not present at the birth of baby Lilibet in June, but she reportedly moved into the Sussexes’ Montecito mansion soon after to help with their newborn.

Though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to the US more than a year ago, their approach to parenthood could still be setting an example for the young royals welcoming babies to the family.

Particularly in the case of Eugenie, who has been close to Harry since they were children, it would make sense to follow in her cousin’s footsteps.

When they grew older, they hit the club scene together, becoming regulars at some of London’s most well-known clubs and forging a tight friendship.

In Finding Freedom, the biography written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the authors say: “Like Harry, Eugenie also struggled to carve out her own identity growing up.

“Not being in a senior role meant that she had to go out into the world and find her own path, which she has done.

“Harry had always confided in his cousin when it came to the women in his life.

“Not only did he trust her implicitly, but friends say that she gives great advice and has always been ‘beyond wise’ for her years.”

The princess, who was reportedly one of the first royals to be informed when Harry and Meghan started dating in the summer of 2016 and is one of the few within the Firm thought not to be in a tense position with them, may now be looking at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for guidance on how to best navigate the world with a baby.

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