Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (L) and Princess Beatrice of York are pictured in 2016
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (L) and Princess Beatrice of York are pictured in 2016 AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS


  • Royal expert Hilary Fordwich suggested that King Charles III could remove the royal titles of his disgraced brother Prince Andrew's children
  • She said Prince Andrew made several errors of judgment that "embarrassed" the royal family
  • Prince Andrew stepped back from public duty and was stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages in January

Prince Andrew's daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie could lose their princess titles due to their disgraced father's actions, a royal expert has suggested.

Prince Andrew is currently eighth in line to the British throne, but his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, stripped him of his military affiliations and royal patronages in January due to the sexual assault allegations against him and the controversy surrounding his ties with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Though he has denied any wrongdoing, the Duke of York announced in 2019 that he would "step back from public duties for the foreseeable future."

His older brother, King Charles III, who has long been reported to be a proponent of a "slimmed down" monarchy, may continue removing any trace of the affiliation to the monarchy after Prince Andrew "embarrassed" the family with his conduct.

"Unfortunately for Princesses Eugene and Beatrice, their father's conduct has had rather an adverse and actually disastrous impact on their royal futures," royal expert Hilary Fordwich told Fox News Digital.

She suggested, "The Princesses are most likely to become Lady Beatrice and Lady Eugenie since their father, Prince Andrew's, sexual assault scandal has purportedly poured ruin on their chances of becoming working royals."

According to Fordwich, retaining the princesses' titles is "highly dubious" after King Charles ascended to the throne. The new monarch is expected to make the use of titles "more restrictive," she claimed.

Prince Andrew made several poor decisions that could put his daughters' royal titles on the line, the royal expert noted. Aside from his controversial friendship with Epstein and his infamous "Newsnight" interview, the prince's refusal to cooperate in the FBI investigation into the late financier "served to compound all his other errors of judgment," Fordwich said.

Prince Andrew shares Princess Beatrice, 34, and Princess Eugenie, 32, with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. The exes have remained amicable following their highly-publicized divorce in 1996.

"We know that Prince Andrew certainly went to the mat for his daughters to retain their titles, and of course, to also retain all the trappings of royal life despite not being full-time working royals," Fordwich told the outlet. "This went back and was during the reign of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II."

However, Fordwich claimed that King Charles "doesn't have the same soft spot" that the late Queen had for Prince Andrew.

The royal expert also said that there remain to be speculations as to the "co-conspirators" regarding titles, from when Princess Eugenie visited Prince Harry in California in February, where the cousins made a highly publicized appearance at the Super Bowl.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped back from their roles as working royals in 2020. They were officially stripped of their royal patronages and his military appointments last year.

King Charles has not yet announced whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, will be allowed to use the titles of prince and princess. Decades-old rules say they are entitled to use the titles as grandchildren of the sovereign.

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ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Eugenie, Catrina Skepper, Countess Guerrini-Maraldi and Princess Beatrice watch the racing as they attend day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images