Royal heartbreak: Queen forced to step in after Beatrice and Eugenie left devastated
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Speaking on Channel 5’s documentary ‘Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses?’, royal author and expert Angela Levin claimed the Queen felt “maternal” towards her two granddaughters when their parents, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, separated. She said: “It’s always very difficult for children to see their parents split up.
“And I think the Queen perhaps even felt more maternal towards them.
“And that they had a very hard time.”
The Channel 5 documentary takes a look at their parents’ split in 1992 followed by their divorce years later.
Royal author Tom Quinn claims their parents’ split has caused long-lasting repercussions for the princesses, who were four and two at the time.
Speaking of the Duke and Duchess of York’s divorce, Mr Quinn said: “Beatrice and Eugenie had a very odd childhood, where their parents, on the face of it, remained friends but they were seeing other people from quite early on.
“And I think that was quite probably damaging in a subtle but kind of long-lasting way.
“The whole family are seen as a weak target because the parents part have done so many – mistakes is generous – that inevitably, the daughters are dragged in.”
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson split in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996 but they remained amicable after their separation.
Following their split, the Duchess of York was forced to rent a number of places after leaving Sunninghill Park where she lived with her husband.
Richard Kay, from the Daily Mail, said: “At this stage, they were no longer living at Sunninghill, their mother had a rented home not far away.
“She had a series of rented houses in Surrey and Berkshire that she sort of moved to with alarming regularity, which in itself must have been destabilising for the girls.”
He continued: “She was banished to a farmhouse on the Sandringham estate.
“The girls obviously spent time with her and slept there.
“And on Christmas Day, Andrew would collect them and take them to church and they’d go back to Sandringham house for lunch with their grandpa and the rest of the Royal Family.
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“Meanwhile, Fergie was having her Turkey Twizzler, or whatever she was doing all on her own.”
In the documentary, royal commentator Wesley Kerr OBE said the family affairs became difficult for the sisters.
He said: “Christmas at Sandringham is a big family occasion and suddenly, Sarah Ferguson was not there.
“That must have been very hard to understand when they were young girls, you know, ‘Why isn’t mummy allowed in the big house anymore?’”
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