Princess Beatrice is unhappy with her role in the royal family and has become increasingly perturbed with Kate Middleton and her sister Pippa, a new report says.
Beatrice, 26, is the child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She has one sister, Princess Eugenie, and is sixth in line to the throne.
Beatrice and her sister feel that they’re being “overshadowed” by Kate, who has consistently gotten more popular and is currently pregnant with her second child.
“While Kate has been winning hearts around the world, Beatrice and her sister Eugenie have been relegated to attending garden parties and cutting ribbons,” reported Women’s Day, an Australian magazine.
Kate–the so-called Chosen One–“gets the glamour jobs, the clothing allowance, the limos and the bodyguards, while I have to travel economy,” Beatrice complains to friends, according to the report.
Beatrice makes openly snide remarks about both Kate and her younger sister Pippa, about whom she uses words such as “vacuous” and “pushy.”
Beatrice also refers to Kate as “a commoner” and slams the Duchess’ attempts to stay thin.
“They constantly mock her body obsession. They think she’s so vain,” a source said of Beatrice and Eugenie.
Women’s Day says that Beatrice was prepared to announce her engagement to her boyfriend of even years, Dave Clark, but before she could Kate “hogged the limelight again” with the announcement of her second pregnancy.
But a friend of William and Kate’s denied the report’s substance.
“It’s not true; Beatrice is too good-natured to say those sort of things,” the friend told the Express. “She admires Kate.”
The odd thing about the Women’s Day article is that it seems to be from July 2013, although the Express presents it as new.
In any case, there was an interesting article by the Daily Mail in 2012 that explored whether Kate should bend her knee to Beatrice and Eugenie.
Experts said that when Kate saw the pair without her husband Prince William, she should curtsey to them–but if she was with William, they should do so to her.
“When William is not present, Kate should curtsey to Beatrice and Eugenie. In theory. In practice, she doesn’t,” said a Buckingham Palace source.
“I think this story is a mare’s nest. I have watched the Duchess of Cambridge at many State occasions since her marriage, and the only people she has curtseyed to are the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and to foreign royal sovereigns and their wives. Never, certainly, to the Duke of York’s daughters,” added a royal expert.