Princess Eugenie confession: Extraordinary way mum Sarah Ferguson influenced her daughter


PRINCESS EUGENIE has revealed one extraordinary way she and her sister Princess Beatrice were shaped by their mother Sarah Ferguson growing up. She made the sweet admission in a recent Zoom call with charity Teenage Cancer Trust.

Princess Eugenie, 30, and Princess Beatrice, 31, are extremely close but have been spending lockdown apart. Eugenie has been based at the Royal Lodge with her husband Jack Brooksbank, mother Sarah Ferguson, 60, and father Prince Andrew, 60 since March. While Beatrice has been living with her fiancee Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and her future mother-in-law in Chipping Norton.

However, the royal sisters recently reunited for a very special cause.

Eugenie and Beatrice are both honorary patrons of the Teenage Cancer Trust and took part in the charity’s virtual awards ceremony via Zoom.

During the emotional ceremony with this year’s award winners the princesses thanked the charity for its work and opened up about how much they had been moved by the extraordinary stories they had heard.

Princess Eugenie said: “It has been a real honour for Beatrice and I to present these awards to such dedicated, kind and inspiring individuals.”

Princess Eugenie confession: Extraordinary way mum Sarah Ferguson influenced her daughters (Image: GETTY)

Princess Eugenie confession

Princess Eugenie confession: Eugenie and Beatrice are honorary patrons of Teenage Cancer Trust (Image: Teenage Cancer Trust)

“Hearing what it has been like working on the frontline, the personal stories that drive fundraising and how inspirational young people have campaigned in the face of adversity – and all during a global pandemic – will stay with us forever.”

Princess Eugenie revealed how it was through their mother Sarah Ferguson that she and Beatrice had first come to know of the Trust.

Eugenie added: “Beatrice and I have grown up with Teenage Cancer Trust.

“We have been inspired by our mother, who is an Honorary Patron of this incredible charity, and support it in what is its – and my – 30th year.

“We’ve shared many experiences along the way and people like these worthy award winners truly inspire us.”

Princess Eugenie confession

Princess Eugenie confession: Beatrice and Eugenie were reunited on a Zoom call to present this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust awards (Image: Teenage Cancer Trust)

The 2020 Teenage Cancer Trust Award winners included exceptional young people living with cancer, fundraisers, youth support workers and frontline health staff.

Crystal Marshall (21), from Birmingham, who was diagnosed at 18 with a rare form of bone cancer

Nicky Pettitt, Nurse Consultant, at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Julie Gonzalez, Youth Support Coordinator at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Fundraiser Enid Waterfall (85), from Wrexham

Fundraisers Mike (73) and Pascale O’Leary (60), from Hastings

Fundraisers Rod Smallwood & Alexander Milas of The Truants and Heavy Metal Truants

Alex Charlton (24), from Banff, Aberdeenshire, who was diagnosed at 23 with Hodgkin Lymphoma

Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust Kate Collins said: “These awards have been created to recognise the fantastic contributions and achievements of people right across the Teenage Cancer Trust community, and in particular, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the contributions of those who stepped up during the Coronavirus crisis.

“We are nothing without the support of everyone who makes our work possible. Whether that be our staff working within the NHS to support young people, our fundraisers, our patrons and our corporate partners.

“All the amazing nominees and winners are part of the glue that keep the charity together and because of them, we are able to support thousands of young people with cancer right across the UK.”

Princess Eugenie experienced the horror of coronavirus firsthand as her father in law, who has since recovered, was treated for the illness in intensive care.

Princess Eugenie confession

Princess Eugenie confession: Eugenie and Beatrice were moved by the stories they heard (Image: Teenage Cancer Trust)

Eugenie asked award winner and cancer nurse Nicky about her work during the crisis.

Nicky said: “I think as a cancer nurse you are used to having difficult and complex conversations, so the skillset is there and that becomes very transferable.

“It was a very humbling experience really. We didn’t realise the impact we would have both for the patient’s family at home and for being that lifeline.

“I think everyone needs a medal in the NHS. Working in hospital with sick people is one thing and I think we manage that well, but then you can go home and that can be a safe space.

“But coronavirus has invaded every corner of everybody’s life and so there is a balance that is quite hard to achieve. I am so proud of the west midlands team that has managed to do that and keep the young people at the heart of everything.”


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