PRINCESS EUGENIE appears to be stepping up to the plate after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step back as senior royals as well as her father’s temporary retirement from public duties, as she carried out yet another emotional video call with a charity close to her heart.
Despite not being a working royal, Princess Eugenie is patron and supporter of several British charities. And during the lockdown, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson has been in touch with many of them, taking part in emotional video chats. This flurry of engagements come after the Royal Family has lost three senior and full-time working royals – Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew.
This may suggest Princess Eugenie is stepping up to the plate and fulfilling her duties as a member of the House of Windsor despite having her own career in the arts sector.
Royal commentators have been discussing for months whether Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice could boost the public presence of the Royal Family despite Megxit and the Duke of York’s decision to step back from public duties.
Harry Mount, the author of How England Made the English, believes Prince Andrew’s daughters could take on some of the workload.
The author wrote in an op-ed for the I in January: “Perhaps the only prominent Royals who could take up the slack in Andrew and Harry’s absence are Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Princess Eugenie has been taking part in various virtual engagements over the past few weeks (Image: GETTY)
Princess Eugenie shared a snap from her Zoom call with members of Horatio’s Garden (Image: PRINCESS EUGENIE INSTAGRAM)
“No one could blame them for their father’s appalling behaviour and no one could say there’s too much on their plate, workwise, at the moment.”
Yesterday, the young York shared a snap from her Zoom call with Dr Olivia Chapple, co-founder of Horatio’s Garden, a national charity creating and nurturing beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres to support everyone affected by spinal injuries.
Dr Chapple is the mother of late Horatio Chapple, a 17-year-old boy who died after being attacked by a bear during a trip.
Horatio had envisioned gardens created to bring hope to patients in spinal wards – and his mother made his dream a reality.
Princess Eugenie and Beatrice’s mum has been honorary patron of Teenage Cancer for years (Image: GETTY)
Publishing a snap from their conversation alongside other members of the Horatio’s Garden charity, Eugenie wrote on Instagram: “I had such a lovely call with co-founder Dr Olivia Chapple and all the head gardeners from @horatiosgarden who told me about their particular gardens that they have been nurturing during the lockdown and built by this wonderful charity.
”Horatio’s Garden was born from Horatio Chapple’s mind where he believed all spinal unit’s across the U.K. should have a garden that patients facing a life-changing disability can find consolation and hope. His mother, Olivia, now continues his mission in his name.”
Eugenie heard about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected this charity’s work – and how volunteers and staff have done the utmost to continue to assist patients.
Meghan and Harry have stepped down as senior royals (Image: GETTY)
“Stephen, Imogen, Jacqui and Sallie were able to share some lovely stories about patients really thriving in the gardens.
“From planting their own vegetables and flowers to having some peace in nature feeling like they are somewhere else entirely.
“For many across the world, the garden has been a place to heal and mentally adjust to the world we now live in.
“For patients with spinal injuries, it can bring freedom physically and mentally when confined by your trauma and now more than ever is so integral.”
Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 (Image: EXPRESS)
This virtual meeting came just two weeks after Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice held a joint call with charity Teenage Cancer.
During the heartfelt call, both young royals were moved by the stories of the young patients, frontline cancer nurses and fundraisers.
Eugenie and Beatrice revealed they grew up hearing about this organisation thanks to their mother, affectionately known as Fergie, who had been its honorary patron for decades.
Eugenie said: “Beatrice and I have grown up with Teenage Cancer Trust.
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice aren’t full-time working royals (Image: GETTY)
“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.”
After the call, Beatrice – left in tears by the emotional stories shared during the meeting, said: “I came away with such a feeling of hope and inspiration and also the amazing work that the team at Teenage Cancer Trust has delivered for them It was a remarkable conversation and the bravery all witnessed on that call is incredibly touching.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK