After the news that Princess Eugenie would be the second royal tying the knot in 2018 after becoming engaged to Jack Brooksbank, there was a completely understandable surge in interest in her elder sister Princess Beatrice. Why? 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 called Lynn Anderson. It’s thought that her former boyfriend wasn’t actually that popular with the royals, and was even left off the guest list for Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011 as a result.
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Wearing a sheepskin jacket in 1991 before UGG was even on the scene
Maybe this is where Beatrice's love of headwear started?
Easily our favourite look from Princess Beatrice
Doing the Princess Charlotte look before Princess Charlotte was around
Headband? Check. Frilly socks? Check. And most importantly, sweets? Check.
Living up to her royal title
This dungarees and polo combination is adorable
These matching green skirts are truly iconic
Looking very grown-up in the old-school version of a blazer dress
All wrapped up on the slopes
Those loafers are very Clueless and we're kind of into it
Twinning with Eugenie in those boho tops we all had back in 2002
A camel skirt and boots combo Meghan Markle would be proud of
Double trend alert: straw bag and cowboy belt
Decidedly more grown-up
Look closely and fully appreciate the dog on that handbag
And now we're into the fascinator era
We're well and truly into the fascinator era
A slightly more toned-down version at Trooping The Colour
And an iconic example of Princess Beatrice's fashion risk-taking
And now let us introduce you to high-fashion Beatrice
She loves a pop of colour
And she does headbands now, not fascinators, thank you very much
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 criticised 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 Prince 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 Middleton. 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 Eugenie’s wedding, if she has one, be lauded in the same way that her 27-year-old sisters has? Only time will tell.