Yes, Prince Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Actually Have Jobs

Laveta Brigham

From Good Housekeeping Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have made major life changes in recent years (weddings for both and a baby on the way for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank), but their loyalty to the royal family remains the same. Although they spend a lot of their time attending […]

From Good Housekeeping

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have made major life changes in recent years (weddings for both and a baby on the way for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank), but their loyalty to the royal family remains the same. Although they spend a lot of their time attending royal events, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie aren’t “working royals,” or members of the royal family who perform public engagements full-time. Because of this, they do not receive checks from Sovereign Grant, the government-supported fund that finances Queen Elizabeth II’s official duties. That means the York sisters have found other ways to make a living, and here’s exactly how:

Princess Beatrice

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Photo credit: WPA Pool – Getty Images

Although Princess Beatrice still attends events like Royal Ascot and Trooping the Color, she has no obligation or intention to match the 507 engagements Prince Charles conducted in 2019 as the future king. The distinction also means she no longer received full-time security as of 2011.

Instead, Princess Beatrice has used her BA in History from Goldsmiths to work in finance and consulting. Most recently, she’s worked at venture capital firm Sandbridge and later software company Afiniti, where she is currently employed as the Vice President of Partnerships & Strategy.

“Beatrice is responsible for the management of the strategic Afiniti partnerships as well as company growth through unique initiatives and client development,” her company bio reads. The Duke of York’s website simply states she “works full-time in business.”

In addition to her career, Princess Beatrice serves as a patron to many nonprofits. She’s a global ambassador to Street Child, the nonprofit founded by her mother in 1993. She also works with the Big Change Charitable Trust, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and the Berkshire Community Foundation, among other organizations.

Princess Beatrice still receives monetary assistance from her family, mind you. Prince Andrew “supports both of his daughters financially from his private income,” according to his website. The Duke earns a Royal Navy pension, but his expenses get paid by the Queen’s private income. The Sovereign Grant — a.k.a. the revenue from the Crown Estate, which includes the royal palaces and other properties — funds his official travel within the United Kingdom.

Princess Eugenie

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein – Getty Images

Just like her older sister, Princess Eugenie will never need to worry about money thanks to the wealth and support of her family. The 30-year-old continues to pursue a career in the art world.

“As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them is to be modern working young women, who happen to be members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building their careers,” the Duke of York said in a statement in 2016. “When they do support the Royal Family in its work this is very much appreciated by my Family and most importantly by those organizations and to those for whom their participation makes such a difference.”

Besides her many charitable endeavors, Princess Eugenie used her art history and English literature degrees from Newcastle University to first work for an online auction firm before becoming a director at the London art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein – Getty Images

Her husband, Jack Brooksbank, also works, but in the hospitality industry. Jack Brooksbank serves as the European ambassador for Casamigos, the tequila co-created by George Clooney in 2013. Prior to his promotional gig, he worked as the manager at Mahiki, a popular London nightclub frequented by royals like Prince Harry.

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