Cruel plan to strip Eugenie and Beatrice of titles was thrown out, says expert

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A "cruel" plan to strip Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice of their royal titles was thrown out, according to a royal expert.

The two princesses do not adhere to the same standards as other royals as neither are full-time working members of The Firm.

However, as the only two offspring of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the pair still take part in public events and are likely to feature in the Queen's upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, reports the Express.

The historic reign of Britain’s longest-serving monarch will be honoured with a series of public events, as it was in 2012 for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee – which also involved Beatrice and Eugenie.

The sisters were out and about at several events to mark the milestone, including the boat parade down London’s River Thames.

When Beatrice and Eugenie were still children, there was apparently a “cruel” plan to strip the princesses of their Her Royal Highness (HRH) styles, according to royal historian Marlene Koenig.

The US-based writer and librarian has researched Britain’s Royal Family for more than 40 years.

She told the Express: “There was a discussion that the York princesses would lose their royal style and become styled as children of a Duke and that got vetoed.

“I suspect because they were already born and it would have been seen as cruel.

“But it was already decided then that they were not going to be working royals and I think that was a big mistake.”

Beatrice and Eugenie do not take money from the Sovereign Grant that the Government pays the Queen each year out of Crown Estate funds.

Although they are not working royals, Beatrice and Eugenie both still use the HRH titles.

Their right to use HRH is protected under the Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917.

The order stipulated that the children of the Sovereign may use the titles Prince and Princess and HRH.

The children of the sons of the monarch may also use these titles.

Prince Charles’ children William and Harry were both given the Prince titles when they were born.

Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, turned down Her Majesty’s offer of courtesy titles for her children, Zara and Peter.

Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, also do not have Prince and Princess titles.

Their stylings were the choice of their parents, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Ms Koenig explained how the announcement about their names was made.

She said: “The implementation came without a Letters Patent, that Edward’s children would be styled as children of an Earl.

“Rather than their rights under the 1917 Letters Patent that they are technically Prince and Princess.

“And the announcement basically said the Queen decided and Edward and Sophie agreed to this.”

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