Princess Eugenie, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, was seen in Mayfair last night, as she stepped out of the lavish Connaught Hotel. The 10th-in-line to the throne wore a short blue dress and black tights with golden and red patterning, partially covered by a black tailored coat.
Princess Eugenie, who is believed to have spent Monday evening at one of the lavish restaurants and pubs at the five-star hotel, braved the stormy weather as she left the Connaught before entering a car that drove her away.
Just hours before Eugenie was spotted in London, the Queen had released her bombshell statement about the crisis sparked by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s request to step back as senior royals.
In her brief message, the monarch expressed her feelings about her grandson’s desires while stating senior royals had “constructive discussions” during the summit.
She said: “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
However, the Queen added, talks will continue in forthcoming days to fully bring the crisis to an end.
The statement read: “These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”
If the Queen will allow Meghan and Harry to step down as senior royals, the Sussexes’ workload will have to be taken on by other members of the Royal Family.
And Princess Eugenie and her sister Beatrice have been named by some royal commentators as two of the members of the Royal Family who could step up and carry out engagements after Meghan and Harry’s exit.
Harry Mount, author of How England made the English, believes Prince Andrew’s daughters could also take on them some of the workload of their father after he stepped down as a working royal in November.
The author wrote in an op-ed for the I: “Perhaps the only prominent Royals who could take up the slack in Andrew and Harry’s absence are Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
“No one could blame them for their father’s appalling behaviour and no one could say there’s too much on their plate, workwise, at the moment.”
However, according to Russell Myers, royal editor at the Daily Mirror, Eugenie and Beatrice aren’t the perfect candidates for the job, as they don’t fit with Prince Charles’s slimmed-down vision of the Royal Family.
He said on Pod Save the Queen: “It was put to me that Andrew was potentially putting out that he would be willing to step back from his patronages and charities if the girls were allowed them.
“But to be honest, they are non-working members of the Royal Family.
“It definitely doesn’t fit with how Charles and William see it.”
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have jobs of their own, with the former being a director at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery and the latter the Vice President at multinational data and software company Afiniti.
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