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Princess Beatrice becomes ‘increasingly key’ to The Firm amid cancer battles facing King Charles and Kate Middleton, royal commentator says


Princess Beatrice provides an «increasingly important backup» to the Royal Family, according to royal commentator and editor Kate Mansey.

Describing Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter as an «unlikely leading lady», Kate Mansey said in The Times that the 35-year-old «expects to be more supportive of the king and senior family members in the coming months».

The outlet noted that mother-of-one Beatrice (who also shares stepson Wolfie, 8, with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 40) is not expected to perform official duties or receive any remuneration for doing so.

It comes as King Charles, 74, slowly returns to royal duties amid his battle with cancer.

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton has stepped away from public engagements as she receives treatment for an illness, and her husband Prince William, 41, is expected to be less available for appearances as he supports his wife and children at the moment.

Princess Beatrice (pictured) attends a Buckingham Palace garden party hosted by her cousin Prince William earlier this week.

The idle royal (pictured right) reads to pupils at West Thornton Primary School in Croydon as part of Oscar's Book Club in partnership with Amazon Reading Volunteers on 23 May

The idle royal (pictured right) reads to pupils at West Thornton Primary School in Croydon as part of Oscar’s Book Club in partnership with Amazon Reading Volunteers on 23 May

On Thursday, Beatrice (along with her sister Princess Eugenie, 34) was snapped reading to pupils at West Thornton Primary School in Croydon as part of Oscar’s Book Club, in partnership with Amazon Reading Volunteers.

Meanwhile, she attended a Buckingham Palace garden party hosted by her cousin Prince William on Tuesday.

Her Princess Eugenie and cousin Zara Tindall, 43, also attended, along with Zara’s husband Mike Tindall, 45.

The Times quoted a palace source as saying: ‘The Prince of Wales wanted to invite his cousins ​​along because (he knew it would be fun to see all the young royals there).

Other unofficial appearances are likely to include Royal Ascot, which Beatrice is expected to attend with her uncle, the King.

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Earlier this month, Beatrice made a rare appearance on live television, prompting some to speculate that she was «subtly pushing for more official duties for King Charles».

Beatrice, 35, popped up on ITV’s This Morning on May 7 to reveal her mother Sarah Ferguson is ‘all clear’ of skin cancer after a ‘bumpy health scare last year’.

She was filmed standing on top of the Empire State Building in New York at an event in collaboration with the charity Outward Bound.

Beatrice (pictured volunteering at West Thornton Primary School in Croydon as part of Oscar's Book Club) is expected to support The Firm but is not thought to be taking on official royal duties or receiving any remuneration for it.

Beatrice (pictured volunteering at West Thornton Primary School in Croydon as part of Oscar’s Book Club) is expected to support The Firm but is not thought to be taking on official royal duties or receiving any remuneration for it.

The princess, who has been a trustee of the young people’s charity since 2019, wants to continue the work of her late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, who she told the program was a great supporter of the cause.

She also told ITV This Morning that both she and her sister Princess Eugenie were «so proud» of (their mother) and had «modeled their own health considerations around that».

«She’s been through so much,» she added. «And her sense of purpose and resilience really sticks with me,» she added.

“She’s really coming into her own now. We’re just being reminded that when any parent or individual has a health scenario – just really get the checkups you need and as soon as possible.

«We’re really lucky in the UK that they’ve made sure you can get those checks as best as possible and hopefully we can be there to support each other when someone goes through health issues.»

The This Morning team sent their best wishes to Beatrice following the royal family’s health problems this year – with King Charles III and Kate Middleton also opening up about her cancer diagnosis, to which the princess said: ‘There’s nothing more important than family.

Earlier this month, Prince Beatrice (pictured) appeared live on TV on This Morning, appearing to do charity work in New York.

Earlier this month, Prince Beatrice (pictured) appeared live on TV on This Morning, appearing to do charity work in New York.

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After the TV spot, biographer and royal commentator Phil Dampier told MailOnline that her appearance on Britain’s top morning TV show was no coincidence at a time when the King and Princess of Wales are battling cancer.

He said: “My impression is that Beatrice and Eugenie are stepping up their charity work and giving the King subtle hints that they would be willing to take on some royal duties if asked.

«The King recently took over about 300 patronages from his mother and father, but it’s a heavy workload, especially as he battles cancer.»

Beatrice's appearance while working with charity Outward Bound in New York (pictured) prompted one royal expert to speculate that she and sister Eugenie were

Beatrice’s appearance while working with charity Outward Bound in New York (pictured) prompted one royal expert to speculate that she and sister Eugenie were «giving subtle hints to the King that they would be willing to take on some royal duties if asked».

He added: «Made carefully with the approval of the Palace, I think it could be arranged so that (Beatrice and Eugenie) take on some non-controversial roles with dignified things like hospitals, schools and even the military.»

He continued: «I think Bea and Eugenie could play some minor roles, but the problem is that it’s hard to be half in and half out of the royal business, as Harry and Meghan have found.»

Mr Dampier said that while their parents the Duke and Duchess of York were accused of «they cash in on their royal status”, their children bow their heads.

Then he added that the late queen’s affection for their mother might help.

Mr Dampier said:Beatrice and her sister Eugenie are always very fond of talking about their mother, who they are very close to.

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“They call each other a tripod because they are inseparable and always support each other in thick and thin designs.

«The late Queen had a soft spot for Fergie despite her faults and always said: ‘The only thing you can say about her is that she’s a good mother.’

Speaking about her work with Outward Bound, Beatrice also said: “I’m here to launch an amazing challenge called The Big Rappel. So I work very closely with a wonderful organization in the UK called the Outward Bound Trust.

«I have been working with the organization for several years and this amazing challenge is a phenomenal collaboration between Outward Bound Trust, Outward Bound International and Outward Bound New York.»

She said the charity was «really prepared to think about what young people need in life».

Royal expert Phil Dampier said that

Royal expert Phil Dampier said that «let’s be careful» it could be that the York sisters «take on some non-controversial roles with worthy causes such as hospitals, schools and even the military» (pictured: Princess Beatrice in New York earlier this months)

Her grandfather, Prince Philip, was involved with the nonprofit in the 1950s.

Beatrice also opened up about her love for New York, where she had the opportunity to live for a few years.

“New York for me, when I was figuring out my life and what I wanted to do, New York gave me a place where I could have a job and continue to do it.

“So New York has always had a special place for me, and for my mom too, she came here, she started her charity… back in the day. So New York has always been a great city for us to spend some time in.”

She also said her «little ones» are «phenomenal at traveling» but she «has yet to brave an international flight» with her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.



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