Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice gave a rare joint interview with British Vogue for the magazine’s September issue. Although the full interview won’t drop until the issue does, on August 3, a few choice (and, frankly, a little heartbreaking) quotes have been already been released.
On the reaction to the sisters’ fascinators at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011: “There was a horrible article that had been written about Beatrice and she got really upset,” says Eugenie. “We were just about to step out and she had a bit of a wobble and cried. I was looking after her. And then about an hour later, I had a wobble and started crying and Bea was there for me.”
On the difficulty of being working princesses: “It’s hard to navigate situations like these because there is no precedent, there is no protocol,” says Beatrice. “We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye.” Eugenie is an associate director for the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in London, while Beatrice works as an outsourcing strategist for US technology firm Afiniti.
On the pressures of Instagram, which Eugenie officially joined in March: “It’s so easy to recoil when you see a perfect image, but it’s important that it’s real. We’re real,” say Eugenie. Beatrice’s own account is private and was, until recently, a secret (thanks, Karlie Kloss).
Of course it’s not all gloom and public scrutiny in the lives of the princesses. Of her upcoming wedding to Jack Brooksbank on October 12, Eugenie says: “I’m not stressed at all. It’s very nerve-wracking because you want it to be perfect but then you realize that you’re going to be with the person you love forever and nothing else really matters.”
Here here, Eug!