Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, along with their mother Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, signed their names on a painting of one of Ed Sheeran’s guitars. The painting is being auctioned off to benefit one of their charities, Children in Crisis, which Fergie shared on her personal Instagram account.
Sounds pretty normal, right? After all, when you’re a member of the most watched family in the entire world, you’d think signing a few autographs would be part of the job description. Well, for the British royal family, it certainly isn’t — and by doing so, the princesses have broken royal protocol in a big way.
While you can get an autograph from plenty of other celebrities, if you see a royal out in public, they tend to refuse signing their name. This is because it’s an anti-fraud policy to prevent their names from getting forged for shady activities or sold as fakes.
However, there are ways to get a scribble from your favorite duke or duchess. Earlier this year, before she became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle wrote a little message for an excited fan when she and Prince Harry visited Cardiff; she just didn’t write her name.
Like a lot of moms on social media, the Duchess of York posts a lot of pictures of her daughters, but she isn’t the only prolific royal on social media. While Meghan Markle closed all her social media accounts upon becoming a royal, in March, Princess Eugenie signed up for Instagram, which had us wondering, why is Princess Eugenie on Instagram and Meghan Markle isn’t? Well, like most things in the Royal Family it all comes down to rank and where Eugenie falls in line to the throne.
Because Princess Eugenie of York isn’t a full-time royal and has to earn a living with a regular nine-to-five life like us normal folk, it’s believed she’s allowed to run her own social media accounts, as she isn’t trying to portray the same message as top-tier roles.
While we’re thrilled the royal social media accounts gives us fabulous insight into life as a royal, perhaps Sarah and Eugenie should scrub up on their royal rules before they cause a stir again!
This post was written by Bettina Tyrrell and Alex Lilly. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.