Princess Eugenie is tenth-in-line to the British throne and Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter. Last year, the 29-year-old royal sat down with Vogue’s Ellie Pithers for a rare interview to talk about her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
But during the interview one of Eugenie’s possessions, which might be interpreted as taking a subtle dig at the Royal Family, was described.
Ms Pithers met Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
The gothic mansion was formerly home to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, but now belongs to the Princesses’ father, Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Inside the residence were a flurry of jocular cushions, and one read: “Born to golf, forced to work.”
The pillow, located on a sofa in the grand hallway of the 30-room royal residence, could be a dig at the fact that Eugenie and Beatrice don’t receive any allowance from the Queen.
Despite undertaking occasional public engagement, Eugenie is not technically a working royal.
Because of this, the 29-year-old receives no allowance from the Privy Purse, the family’s private income.
That is in stark contrast to her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, who can live off this allowance.
She has worked at art gallery Hauser & Wirth since 2015 and 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.”
However, Eugenie does not get by completely unsupported.
Prince Andrew “supports both of his daughters financially from his private income,” according to his website.
The Duke of York earns a Royal Navy pension, but his expenses also get paid by the Queen’s private income.
In a statement in 2016, Prince Andrew said: “As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them is to be modern working young women, who happen to be members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building their careers.
“When they do support the Royal Family in its work this is very much appreciated by my Family and most importantly by those organisations and to those for whom their participation makes such a difference.”