PUBLISHED: 21:50, Sun, Oct 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:56, Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Beatrice and Eugenie have been thrust into the royal limelight of late. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughters have both recently got married ‒ to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank respectively ‒ and Eugenie has announced that she is expecting a baby. In their own way they have become symbols of hope in what has been a difficult few years for the Firm ‒ given the scandal surrounding Andrew’s relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and also Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal scene.
They are both very close to their grandparents ‒ the Queen and Prince Philip ‒ and the sisters arguably have family heartache to thank.
Tom Quinn, author of ‘Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir’, claims the Queen “adores” Beatrice and Eugenie as she sees “something of her own relationship as a child with Princess Margaret”.
This will likely be a love that brings a double-edged sword for Her Majesty as the devotion she has for the York sisters reminds her of Margaret, who passed away in 2002.
Another link, of course, is that before the Abdication Crisis the Queen was a Princess herself and never expected to rule.
Royal heartbreak as Eugenie and Beatrice 'remind Queen of family devastation' (Image: GETTY)
Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
Her father, who went on to be King George VI when Edward VIII walked away from the throne, was the Duke of York ‒ meaning that the Queen was a York sister herself, in her younger years.
Margaret died at the age of 71, just three days after the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne.
The Queen and her sister had always been close, despite Margaret’s infamous party antics.
Mr Quinn was speaking on Channel 5 documentary ‘Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses?’ ‒ which aired this month.