She’s faced criticisms for her outfits in the past, but Beatrice was looking every inch the stylish star as she stepped out in New York on Wednesday.
The young royal attended the annual WE Day UN event at Barclays Center where she took to the stage to speak about the challenges facing young people and spoke candidly about the pressures she and her sister Princess Eugenie have faced in their own lives.
Beatrice, 30, and Eugenie, 28, have been subjected to much media attention since coming of age, much of it associated with their style and career choices.
“As a young working woman in the public life, I have had to learn some lessons the hard way, but those lessons have taught me to be strong and to never give up,” Beatrice told the crowd of thousands.
Beatrice, who works for business management consultancy Afiniti, added that it was important for young people to reach out during times of stress rather than face hardship alone.
“Find someone in our life you can confide in,” she said. “And if you feel you can’t share with those closest to you, there are so many resources available. Your local library, your school, your community centre. They all have services that you can reach out to for the help you need. You are never alone no matter what the obstacle.”
The princess, who has undoubtably been afforded a helping when it comes to challenging some of life’s obstacles, finished her speech with a plea for the audience to “never give up, no matter what obstacles are put in your way”.
She added: “If you push yourself a little each time you face an obstacle, you realise your potential and you get even closer to your goal.”
The princess looked lovely at the event, sporting a pretty red dress with panels of pink peaking through the pleats.
It’s the second time in recent months Beatrice has spoken publicly about the pressures she and her sister have faced growing up in the pubic eye. In August, the sisters gave a rare and candid interview to British Vogue in which they admitted to crying after reading some of the harsh words printed about them over the years.
“It’s hard to navigate situations like these because there is no precedent, there is no protocol,” Beatrice told the magazine. “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.”
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.
She then recalled one recent day at Buckingham Palace, when they were due to join the family for a garden party, and 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.”
While they’ve had to shake off a few tears in the past, the royal sisters will no doubt be all smiles on October 12 when Eugenie walks down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, to marry tequila ambassador Jack Brooksbank.
Beatrice will serve as maid-of-honour on the big day and while the palace is yet to make an announcement on whether the event will be broadcast on TV around the world, thousands of well-wishers are expected to line the streets in Windsor to celebrate with the York family.