Princess Eugenie, 29, is tenth in line to the British throne and Prince Harry’s cousin. Although both Harry and Eugenie are the Queen’s grandchildren, the Princess has never been considered a “senior royal”.
This is because Harry is the son of Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, pushing him further up the line of succession while Eugenie is the daughter of Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son and third child.
With Eugenie further down the line of succession, she has had the opportunity to embrace a more private life away from the spotlight – a life Harry is now pursuing with his wife Meghan Markle.
Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping down as “senior royal” in a bombshell statement.
Harry and Meghan said they “intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”
The couple also said they “now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America.”
On Monday, the Queen released a statement saying she supports “Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family”.
She added her family “respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
The statement further said: “Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
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, Eugenie already has a job at art gallery Hauser & Wirth, where she has been since 2015.
She was promoted to director of the Mayfair gallery in 2017 after having been an associate director for two years.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar she said of her job: “I’ve loved art since I was very little.
“I knew I definitely wouldn’t be a painter, but I knew this was the industry for me.
“I love being able to share my passion for art with people.”
Princess Eugenie also undertakes some royal duties and accompanies the Queen to church services.