Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been trying to lead more independent lives for almost all of 2020. Even as they step back from their roles as members of the royal family, one source has also suggested that the couple is unhappy over the role that both Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie play as royals.
Beatrice and Eugenie are the two daughters of Prince Andrew, who has been facing his own onslaught of scandals over the course of the year.
The source of Harry and Meghan’s frustration is apparently the fact that Beatrice and Eugenie retain their royal titles, even as they lead lives and have jobs. They retain their titles, even though they aren’t working members of the royal family and only appear at some royal functions.
Harry and Meghan, meanwhile, were told that they had to give up their titles if they wanted to leave the family. They couldn’t have roles like those occupied by Beatrice and Eugenie.
“Some people have accused them of perhaps throwing shade at Princess Beatrice and Eugenie because they work and take on engagements privately,” royal expert Omid Scobie told Express.
Harry and Meghan were much more senior members of the royal family, of course, which may explain why Harry was treated so differently than his cousins. The queen reportedly wanted to make it clear that there was no scenario where Harry and Meghan could keep one foot in and one foot out.
They had to make a definitive decision as to how they wanted to handle their futures, and that’s exactly what the couple did. They gave up their titles in exchange for additional freedoms.
Still, it’s easy to understand Harry’s reported frustrations over the differences between how he was treated and how his cousins were treated. He may have wanted a role more akin to what Beatrice and Eugenie have, but the queen wouldn’t allow that to happen in part because of his larger profile.
Even as the drama around Harry and Meghan’s exit from the family unfolds, Princess Beatrice has been busy planning her wedding, which is set for May of this year. One of the main questions around the ceremony was the role her father, Prince Andrew, would play.
Now, it’s been clarified that Andrew will walk his daughter down the aisle. Andrew used to be a working member of the royal family, but had to step back from his duties after he failed to explain his connections to Jeffrey Epstein.