The princesses Beatrice and Eugenie appear inseparable. The daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, are always spotted side-by-side during official royal events. But what’s Beatrice and Eugenie’s relationship really like? Do they share clothes, do they bicker and argue, or do the sisters get along famously?
They may be known for their memorable outfits and even more unforgettable hats, but there is a lot more to this sisterly relationship. From their special nickname for each other, to the times they’ve lived together, this is what you need to know about Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s relationship.
The sisters are only 21 months apart.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are the daughters of the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. Beatrice was born August 8, 1988, and is 29. She is the eldest of the two: Eugenie was born March 23, 1990, and is 28.
They were roommates.
Before Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, moved to Ivy Cottage (a home within Kensington Palace) in April, the sisters lived together in a four-bedroom apartment at St. James’s Palace. It’s believed that Beatrice still lives in their apartment.
Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Eugenie and Jack live nearby Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, so it’s quite possible that the royal couples have become close.
They’re perfect opposites!
In 2008, just before her 18th birthday, Eugenie gave her first media interview to The Telegraph. She explained that she has a very different personality from her sister, but the differences make them a close-knit pair.
“We get on fantastically well, perhaps because we do and think different things,” the Princess said. “I am definitely not as polite as Beatrice, I have to say. I tell it as it is. I am shier at first — like, at a party I will say to Beatrice as we go in, ‘Oh, you go first.’ But then, when we’re actually in, I am much louder and she is far more polite and solicitous.”
Perhaps Beatrice is a little more calm than younger sister Eugenie, who has also been quoted as saying, “I do have an occasional temper — I sort of inherited my dad’s short fuse.”
They have different fashion tastes.
The royal sisters also have opposite tastes in style. According to Eugenie, she’s a little more low-key, while older sister Beatrice is a fan of the glitz and the glam.
“Beatrice loves her glamorous dresses and her hair being curly or big, like Mummy’s, and I hate volume. I like my hair to be sort of flat. I like just throwing on a pair of jeans and generally being more understated. She is more ‘Let’s do the glamour.’ We’re chalk and cheese,” Eugenie said.
They sometimes argue.
When the sisters fight, it’s usually over clothes.
“It’s quite funny how, like most sisters, we sometimes fight about clothes. I always take her clothes back to school, for instance, which she hates. We had a screaming argument over a pair of Converse trainers that I took back, which she said were hers and I said were mine,” Princess Eugenie told The Telegraph.
“And in the end I realized they were hers when I found mine behind the door. Like all sisters, we have silly arguments about unimportant stuff, but we do love each other to death.”
They have jobs.
Unlike some of the royal family, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie don’t do official royal work and therefore aren’t paid by the taxpayers. Instead, the girls have real-life jobs just like the rest of us!
Eugenie is a director at the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth, while Beatrice has a job at US technology firm Afiniti as an outsourcing strategist.
The sisters lean on each other.
Princess Eugenie and Beatrice have a close bond with each other and also their mother. The three even have a cute nickname for themselves: “Tripod.”
“What can’t I live without? My family. That sounds cheesy, but I really can’t,” Eugenie revealed to Harper’s Bazaar in 2006. “Especially my mum. I wouldn’t be able to make tough decisions without her. And my sister.”
“My mum always says that we’re the only ones who know exactly what’s going on in each other’s lives.”
Beatrice might be Eugenie’s maid of honor.
Just as Kate Middleton had her sister Pippa as her maid of honor when she married Prince William, it’s thought that Eugenie will choose Beatrice for the same role. While there have been very few details revealed about Eugenie’s October nuptials to Jack Brookbanks, one thing is almost certain: Her older sister will play a big role in the wedding.
This post was originally written by Bettina Tyrrell. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.