Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have admitted they were previously left in tears after mockery over their unique styles became too much to handle, but they’ve now hit back at the criticism with a stunning and very rare magazine photoshoot.
The royal sisters teamed up for a joint interview with British Vogue magazine, and now the first photo from their vintage photoshoot has been released – showing the sisters looking happy and relaxed at home in Windsor.
While they’re rarely pictured in professional photos together, Beatrice and Eugenie look at ease in front of the camera in the outdoor snap, shared by both Eugenie herself and the magazine on Instagram.
Bride-to-be Eugenie chose one of her favourite designers, Erdem, for her outfit and opted for an embroidered black coat and yellow peony jacquard dress. She coupled it with black Tod’s loafer shoes with pearls across the sides and wore bright red lippy.
In a rare interview in the September issue of @britishvogue on newsstands tomorrow, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York tell @ellie_pithers why the time has come to share their world. Styled by @venetialscott and shot by @seanthomas_photo, Eugenie wears a dress and coat by @erdem, belt by @tods and shoes by @simonerocha_. Beatrice wears a jacket by @dolcegabbana, dress by @ashleywilliamslondon and shoes by @chanelofficial. Hair by @chiwonghair, make-up by @lottenholmqvist, nails by @adamslee_. Find out more at the link in bio.
Meanwhile, sat on a bench beside her, sister Beatrice stunned in a dark velvet Dolce & Gabbana double-breasted coat with red piping over the top of a black ruffled knee-length dress by Ashley Williams London. She matched her sister’s style of footwear somewhat, but chose Chanel brogues for the shoot instead.
In a pose that would no doubt make the Queen proud, Her Majesty’s granddaughters are happily cuddling dogs for the photo and smiling directly at the camera.
In a sweet message to her maid of honour, Eugenie wrote on Instagram: “I’m very proud to be in the September issue of Vogue alongside my beautiful big sister talking about our bond, who we are and what we stand for. Thank you to the wonderful team at Vogue, @seanthomas_photo and @edward_enninful for asking us to be part of your journey.”
Meanwhile, speaking to the mag in a tell-all interview, the sisters bemoaned juggling a normal day job with the pressures of royal life – and admitted reading constant criticism about them can get too much.
“It’s hard to navigate situations like these because there is no precedent, there is no protocol,” Beatrice said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses, and doing all of this in the public eye.”
Meanwhile, Eugenie added that they’ve had to learn how to stay “real” to themselves in a world that now has a heavy focus on appearing perfect on social media, while not being afraid to put themselves out there.
Indeed, the sisters have faced a wave of criticism in the past over their unusual style, particularly over their choices of extravagant hats for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. Beatrice has also been criticised for the number of holidays she takes.
While they insisted they try to ignore critics, sometimes a few slip through their barriers. Recalling one day at Buckingham Palace, when they were due to join the family for a garden party, Eugenie admitted it all became too much for them.
“There was a horrible article that had been written about Beatrice and she got really upset,” Eugenie explained. “We were just about to step out and she had a bit of a wobble and cried. I was looking after her. And then about an hour later, I had a wobble and started crying and Bea was there for me.”