Prince Andrew has been forced to deny reports of a rift with his brother Prince Charles over his daughters’ role as members of the Royal family.
Sky News reports a statement from the Duke of York which states that “a number of stories” had been published over the past few weeks “that have no basis of fact”.
He added that “the most recent, relating to my daughters, requires correction to terminate further speculation and innuendo”.
The Duke said that suggestions he had asked for future husbands of Princesses Beatrice, 28, and Eugenie, 26, to have titles were “a complete fabrication”.
“There is no truth to the story that there could be a split between the Prince of Wales and I over my daughters’ participation as member of the Royal Family and any continued speculation is pointless,” he said. “Whilst I appreciate, as granddaughters of The Queen, there is considerable interest in my daughters, I cannot continue to stand by and have the media speculate on their futures based on my purported interventions, which are completely made up and an invention.”
Reports suggested that Andrew wrote a letter to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, demanding that his children, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, whom he refers to as “blood princesses”, should no longer be excluded from royal duties and funding.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, also pleaded with the media to “stop bullying the York family”.
She made the comments as her daughters became patrons of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
“Both the Duke and myself, we could not be more proud of this moment because these are two girls that work so hard in their own careers, have taken time off today to spread the word of teen cancer, which is so important, and then go back to work,” she said. “Let’s focus more on this and less on title-tattle gossip.”
Charles is reportedly keen to streamline the monarchy, taking some of the burden off taxpayers.
– Daily Mail
Source: nzherald co nz