Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie ‘damaged’ by childhood


PRINCESSES Beatrice and Eugenie were “damaged by their very odd childhood” after Sarah Ferguson was banished by the Royal Family.

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The daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are set to be subjects of a new documentary, Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses. The film will air on Channel 5 on Sunday.

The Channel 5 documentary takes a look at their parents’ split in 1992 followed by their divorce years later.

Royal author Tom Quinn claims their parents’ split has caused long-lasting repercussions for the princesses, who were four and two at the time.

Speaking of the Duke and Duchess of York’s divorce, Mr Quinn said: “Beatrice and Eugenie had a very odd childhood, where their parents, on the face of it, remained friends but they were seeing other people from quite early on.

“And I think that was quite probably damaging in a subtle but kind of long-lasting way.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (Image: Getty)

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson with daughters

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson with daughters (Image: Getty)

“The whole family are seen as a weak target because the parents part have done so many – mistakes is generous – that inevitably, the daughters are dragged in.”

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson split in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996 but they remained amicable after their separation.

Following their split, the Duchess of York was forced to rent a number of places after leaving Sunninghill Park where she lived with her husband.

Richard Kay, from the Daily Mail, said: “At this stage, they were no longer living at Sunninghill, their mother had a rented home not far away.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie with dad Andrew

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie with dad Andrew (Image: Getty)

“She had a series of rented houses in Surrey and Berkshire that she sort of moved to with alarming regularity, which in itself must have been destabilising for the girls.”

He continued: “She was banished to a farm house on the Sandringham estate.

“The girls obviously spent time with her and slept there.

“And on Christmas Day, Andrew would collect them and take them to church and they’d go back to Sandringham house for lunch with their grandpa and the rest of the Royal Family.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson timeline

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson timeline (Image: Express)

“Meanwhile, Fergie was having her Turkey Twizzler, or whatever she was doing all on her own.”

In the documentary, royal commentator Wesley Kerr Obe said the family affairs became difficult for the sisters.

He said: “Christmas at Sandringham is a big family occasion and suddenly, Sarah Ferguson was not there.

“That must have been very hard to understand when they were young girls, you know, ‘Why isn’t mummy allowed in the big house anymore?’”

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Sarah Ferguson

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Sarah Ferguson (Image: Getty)

The documentary also claims the parents’ indiscretions had a lasting impact on the princesses.

Earlier this year, Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi after postponing their wedding due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking to her Twitter page on Friday, the royal shared two official photos from her big day and said: “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July.

“Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together [heart emoji].”