After the news that Princess Eugenie would be the second royal tying the knot in 2018, there was a completely understandable surge in interest in her elder sister, Princess Beatrice. Why is she so interesting now? Because we’re still always fascinated when the younger sibling gets married first, and in this case, Beatrice is the last of the elder group of royal cousins to get hitched (no one is expecting Prince Edward’s 14-year-old daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, or 10-year-old son, Viscount James Severn, to wed anytime soon).
So, what do we know about the 29-year-old’s dating history? Cast your mind back to a few years ago and you’ll remember that there was a lot of speculation that Beatrice would be following her cousin Prince William down the aisle after her 10-year relationship with Dave Clarke gained more and more media attention. Yet in 2016, the couple called it quits (reportedly after Bea gave him an ultimatum), and Clarke is now engaged to someone else, an American named Lynn Anderson.
Princess Beatrice and Dave Clarke.
It’s thought that her former boyfriend wasn’t actually that popular with the royals, and was even left off the guest list for William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011 as a result. Since then, she’s not been linked to anyone seriously, but has recently moved to New York to work for American computer software company Afiniti. While there she has been spotted hanging out with American oil heir Michael Hess, a close friend of her ex Clarke.
Love life aside, the York princesses have often been criticized in the press for their extravagant lifestyles and supposed lack of work ethic, with Beatrice in particular being called out for taking too many luxury holidays, including a staggering 18 in 2015. Their father, Andrew, reportedly fell out with elder brother Prince Charles in 2016 when he pulled their public-funded police protection, and they have had their royal roles reduced as ‘the firm’ expanded with Kate.
Eugenie and Jack.
As the Times wrote today, “as the royal family expands, they will slide down the line of succession into royal obscurity.” After the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s third child in April, they will be eighth and ninth in line to the throne. Will Princess Beatirce’s wedding, if she has one, be lauded in the same way that her 27-year-old sisters has? Only time will tell.
This post was written by Rebecca Cope. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.