In Celebrity Social Media yesterday, Maria mentioned PEOPLE’s curious article about Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Here’s the headline – very provocative: 


Apparently there’s a royal stability-off happening, like there’s a crown or a royal title up for grabs for which royal kids are the most well-adjusted based on how much personal trauma they’ve had to endure. It’s pretty gross – but to be fair to PEOPLE, while they certainly exploited the sh-t out of the phrasing, they weren’t the ones who came up with it. That would be royal expert Ingrid Seward:

“Beatrice and Eugenie have had a stability that William and Harry have found painfully lacking in their lives,” says Ingrid Seward in this week’s issue of PEOPLE. “Although their early childhood was not good, those girls have had a very secure upbringing.”

Do we really want to be competing about this? 

WHO is competing about this? What is the point of all this shine for Beatrice and Eugenie – and who does it benefit? Well, them, of course, and by extension… obviously their father, Prince Andrew, right? 

And it’s happening at an intriguing time too – after months and months of headlines about Princes William and Harry separating households, separating their foundation reportedly this week, reportedly not getting along, now we’re hearing about the York sisters and how close they are, how Andrew and Fergie have built a solid family unit. 

It’s an angle that has to be considered, especially since, well, you know all the gossip about Andrew and his relationship with Prince Charles – that’s actually what’s been overlooked over the last year or so while House Cambridge and House Sussex, understandably, have dominated headlines. But here’s an article in The Daily Beast from back in March about the “feud between two royal brothers”. And then there’s all that business about how Charles isn’t keen on funding Andrew and his daughters’ lifestyle with royal cash money and is wary of Andrew’s shady connections. You know how everyone was fixated on whether or not the Cambridges and the Sussexes were snubbing each other at Trooping the Colour? Well there was another possible snub and payback that may have been overlooked between Charles and Andrew on the occasion.  

The Queen, it’s been said, has always had a soft spot for Andrew. Vanity Fair’s 2011 piece on “The Trouble with Andrew” is always a good gossip reference. If this is the kind of pro-Andrew reporting that’s out there in the open, how much pro-Andrew campaigning do you think is happening behind the scenes in Her Majesty’s presence? These stories in the media about how drama-free HIS kids are, how loving HIS kids are to each other. Coincidence or conspiracy? 

Attached - Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice at Royal Ascot the other day in London.