Does Princess Eugenie pay rent? Or does Prince Andrew pay for accommodation in Kensington?

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank moved into Ivy Cottage in April 2018.

Once living quarters for servants, it now has its own royal family living within its walls.

Before the move Eugenie was living in St James’s Palace, Westminster, with her sister Beatrice. The sisters are said to have lived in a four bedroom private flat in the palace in the city.

Ivy Cottage is close to the living quarters of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and near where Harry and Meghan once lived in Nottingham Cottage.

Princess Eugenie: Kensington Palace cottage with Jack Brooksbank – who pays the rent?

Ivy Cottage has three bedrooms, and so it is rather most for a royal. It was renovated in 2012 to update the old building, making it fit for a modern couple.

Speaking to Harpers Bazaar about her home in St James’s Palace, Eugenie described how she decorated her home.

She told the magazine: “My bedroom is full of photos my parents have taken. Mumsy took one of an elephant spraying water on its back, which is incredible, and there’s one Papa took of Balmoral Castle.

“I’ve got a lot of art that needs to be put on the walls. And there are shoes everywhere.”

Does Princess Eugenie pay rent to live in the royal property?

There has been some controversy about royals living practically free in Kensington Palace in the past.

In 2008 it was ruled that Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent would have to pay full market rent on their home in Kensington Palace. They had been living in the 10 room mansion for £69 a week before hand, although the situation angered many.

It’s likely Eugenie would also be charged rent, but will she personally be paying it?

Eugenie works privately in the art world, but rent in Kensington is astronomically expensive, even for those with hugely successful careers.

For example, a three bed flat in Vicarage Gate, Kensington, costs £14,083 to rent per calendar month. This equals £168,996 a year, almost six times the average UK salary.

Royal expert Eliot Wilson told “Princess Eugenie, for all she may talk about being a career woman and having her own life, I’d be very surprised if the Duke of York isn’t paying any rent she is required to surrender.

“He seems very protective (is ‘indulgent’ too harsh a word?) of his daughters and very aware of their status (they are HRHs, as he never tires of reminding people), so I would imagine he makes sure she’s all right.”

Would the Queen be able to evict her granddaughter? “The monarch could, of course, evict her at any time, and she’s at the mercy of the shuffling of royal apartments as much as the rest of them but if she’s happy at Ivy Cottage and isn’t taking up room for someone with a more immediate need, I think she’ll be left alone,” Eliot said.

“There is a bit more room now that they’ve cut down quite radically on the grace-and-favour apartments for courtiers and former courtiers, but some branches of the family – the Ulsters, for example – will drift further out of the royal orbit as time goes on.”

Princess Eugenie: Five facts about Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s youngest daughter

Full name

Her full title is Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York. She is the Queen’s sixth grandchild and is currently ninth in the line of succession.


Eugenie started her education at Winkfield Montessori before heading to Upton House School and Coworth Park School.

She then attended St.George’s School in Windsor before completing her A levels in Art, English Literature, and History of Art at Marlborough College.

To undertake her Bachelors degree in English Literature, History of Art and Politics, Eugenie attended Newcastle University.


In 2013, Eugenie moved to New York City to work for online auction firm Paddle8 as a benefit auctions manager.

She returned to London in 2015 to work for Hauser & Wirth art gallery as an associate director, gaining a promotion to be a director in 2017.

Social media

Princess Eugenie joined Instagram in March this year, the first royal to officially do so. Other members of the Royal Family have accounts run by the palaces.

She has 281,000 followers, but is only following 19 accounts, including close friend Ellie Goulding, her mother, and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Celebrity friends

Eugenie mixes in strictly A List circles, and is friends with celebrities and the cream of British society.

Close girlfriends include Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy, both former flames of Prince Harry.

Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevinge, Jack Whitehall, Jimmy Carr, and James Blunt are also known to be friendly with the Princess.

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