Whenever the name of the British royal family comes, the only family that comes to one’s mind is that of the heir to throne Prince Charles’ family: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and of course their respective children. Very few people remember that there are also some other members of the Royal family who are probably not as famous as their cousins but belong to the House of Windsor. This thought scares Prince Andrew too whose daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, are not given equal attention in the media and royal family.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the daughters of Prince Andrew with the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, are not working royals. By working royals, it means the members of the royal family who have fully dedicated themselves to the Royal family and perform their royal duties as the first priority. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughters, however, have their own careers. Although they are occasionally seen on royal occasions, but not as much as their working royal cousins. The working royals receive pay from Privy Price (the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant paid to the Royals only). Since the sisters are not full working royals, they are not on the payroll.
This troubles Prince Andrew who thinks his daughters are being sidelined within the family. He fears that this would increase when William and Harry’s children grow up. In 2016, Prince Andrew wrote to the Queen requesting his daughters to be on the royal payroll. However, Queen rejected the idea. Prince Andrew also thinks that this is due to his elder brother Charles’ influence who does not want his nieces to come in the limelight. Prince Charles has thoughts of making the monarchy more cost-effective and short. Prince Andrew states that he finances his daughters from his own private income. If the girls are on the royal payroll, it will ease his ‘burden.’