Queen: Expert discusses relationship with Beatrice and Eugenie
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The sisters have been praised for recent actions deemed “poignant” and “refreshing” and are considered a crucial element of the modern monarchy. Cele Otnes, co-author of Royal Fever, told Express.co.uk: “Princess Beatrice recently provided some of the most heartwarming and ‘contemporizing’ moments for the [royal] brand.”
Princess Beatrice, 33, wore Queen Elizabeth II’s reinvigorated Hartnell gown at her small-scale wedding during the pandemic.
The princess married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, in July 2020 in a socially-distanced wedding. Beatrice wore an exquisite gown borrowed from her grandmother – a move Ms Otnes described as “heartwarming”.
In a previous social media post, the Princess said wearing the dress was an “honour” before it went on display at Windsor Castle.
Her tweet said: “It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day, I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle.”
The wedding was a private affair with a selective guest list in order to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions in place in the United Kingdom at the time. Other senior royals were in attendance.
Beatrice also inherited a title when she married Edoardo, whose family belong to Italian nobility, making her a countess by name.
And she also became a stepmother to Wolfie, Edoardo’s son from his first marriage.
This is another indication of Beatrice “contemporizing” the Royal Family, as she is the first senior royal stepmother in recent years.
She is the first stepmother among senior royals since Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, married Prince Charles in 2005.
To mark World Book Day back in March, the royal described how she and Wolfie spend time reading books together at bedtime.
She said in an interview with the Evening Standard: “This year, I had the great honour to become a stepmother and have had the most remarkable time going back over some of my most favourite stories at bedtime.
“My stepson has been, as many children have, home schooling this term.
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“Helping him to engage with stories is a great journey to inspire imagination, creativity, independence and humour.”
Ms Otnes also extended her praise to Beatrice’s sister Eugenie, praising the royal and referring to her actions as “poignant and refreshing”.
She makes reference to the birth of baby August Philip Hawke Brooksbank in February 2021, the first child for the royal and her husband Jack Brooksbank.
The baby’s first name is a nod to Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, whose middle name was Augustus. The late Prince Albert is August’s great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
The baby’s second name, Philip, pays homage to Eugenie’s grandfather and August’s great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April aged 99.
Royal Fever’s co-author Cele Otnes said: “Princess Eugenie’s status as a new mum – and naming her son after her grandfather – is also poignant and refreshing for royal watchers.”
Ms Otnes’ comments came as Beatrice and Eugenie’s father, the Duke of York faces allegations, made by Virginia Giuffre, formally known as Virginia Roberts,
Ms Giuffre claims that she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke on three separate occasions between 2000 and 2002 while underage.
Prince Andrew has vehemently denied the claims.
Cele Otnes claims that the case is a “tragedy for the family”, and hopes that if the Duke stepped away from royal duties, it may mean his daughters have more of a role within the monarchy.
The expert said: “I think the most altruistic move Prince Andrew can offer Her Majesty and the Royal brand is to step away completely from any visible role in the Royal Family.
“In agreeing to go quietly, perhaps he can negotiate with Prince Charles to grant his daughters meaningful roles and visibility within ‘The Firm’.
“In so doing, the Royal brand would be reinvigorated with more youthfulness and energy”.
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