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Princess Beatrice, 32, and Princess Eugenie, 30, are extremely close. The daughters of Prince Andrew, 60, and Sarah Ferguson, 60, Beatrice and Eugenie are 9th and 10th in line to the throne and neither of them are working royals. Nonetheless, in their spare time, the sisters lend their support to different charities and Bea has recently helped plug a new project.
Beatrice is honorary royal patron of the Northwood African Education Foundation (NAEF) which runs a successful school for more than 400 pupils in Ethiopia.
On Monday Bea launched an online art auction to help raise money for the organisation, which like many charities has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Launching the auction Princess Beatrice said: “I am proud to be Patron of this extraordinary endeavour giving the precious gift of education to hundreds of children who otherwise would not have access to a full-time education.
“This has been a hugely challenging year for NAEF and all charities and I would like to thank all those artists who have generously donated their work.”
Beatrice added: “Their donations will enable the charity to raise money in difficult times ensuring they can continue to provide full-time education to more than 400 children currently at St George’s Ethiopia.”
The NAEF’s online art auction is one of its major fundraising drives this year and will run until December 3.
Beatrice’s latest charity move seems inspired by her sister Eugenie’s work for several reasons.
Eugenie is a director at London art gallery Hauser and Wirth and has previously aligned her interest in art with some of her charitable projects.
The art auction Bea backed on Monday is the kind of initiative that would be right up Eugenie’s street too.
Princess Eugenie is currently expecting her first child and the royal baby is due in early 2021.
Nonetheless, pregnancy has kept Eugenie from helping causes that matter to her and in recent weeks she has been busy on social media.
Eugenie is co-founder of charity the Anti-Slavery Collective and recently took part in an interview on Instagram live.
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Last week Eugenie opened up about lockdown during a chat with TogetherBands charity ambassador Cameron Saul on Instagram live.
During the interview, Eugenie said: “Lockdown’s been OK for me.
“I can’t believe we’re on lockdown 2.0, as everyone’s calling it.”
She added: “I’m very lucky to have had my health throughout number one and number two and I just can’t really begin to imagine what people are going through, who are getting ill.”
Eugenie’s father-in-law, Jack Brooksbank’s father George was treated in intensive care for coronavirus in March.
Speaking about the worrying experience, Eugenie said: “My father-in-law was quite ill in lockdown one so I am so grateful that he is alive, that there are so many incredible people out there fighting for everyone’s lives.”
While Eugenie keeps an active profile on Instagram, Beatrice doesn’t have a public account but may have been inspired by her sister’s recent endeavours to do something for charity too.
Whether or not Beatrice and Eugenie spend Christmas together this year remains to be seen.
The sisters will have been kept apart by lockdown for now but may be able to reunite once restrictions are eased on December 2.
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