Queen 'calls on Beatrice and Eugenie to take on more duties' after Harry and Meghan quit royal family

THE Queen has asked Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to take on more duties after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the royal family.

Her Majesty is said to want to fill the void left by her grandson Harry and the sisters' dad Prince Andrew after he was forced to step down from The Firm.

She now believes Beatrice and Eugenie should attend more events and carry out more duties, a courtier told the Daily Mail.

Prince Charles is also understood to be on board – despite previously wanting to keep the girls away so he could have a "slimmed-down" monarchy when he becomes king.

A close pal told the newspaper: "The Royal Family has already become slimmed down with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex giving up public duties.

"As the older members of the family retire, it will become slimmer still, so there are spaces to be filled.

"His Royal Highness is very fond of his nieces and would not stand in the way if they did want to carry out more duties."


Beatrice, 31, who announced today she would wed Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29, currently works in finance and consulting.

While Eugenie, 29, works at art gallery Hauser & Wirth as a director.

Beatrice and Eugenie are not currently considered senior working royals like Prince William and Kate, as they don’t carry out duties full time on behalf of the Queen.

But it isn't the first time royal sources have predicted the sisters, who are ninth and tenth in line to the throne, could step into Harry and Meghan's shoes.

The couple sensationally announced in January they would be quitting the royal family and working towards becoming "financially independent".

They have now moved to Canada with baby Archie and today spoke in Miami at their first event since the Megxit crisis. 

Robert Lacey, who is the historical consultant for Netflix series The Crown, said last month: “If two go out, two have got to come in, and those two have got to be Beatrice and Eugenie.”

Having more of a role in the royal family would also give the pair some positive exposure following the scandal surrounding their father the Duke of York.

He has faced growing criticism in recent months about his long friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in August while awaiting trial for sex-trafficking charges.

Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November after a widely-criticised interview about his private life with the BBC's Newsnight.


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