Lady Louise Windsor didn’t know her grandmother was Queen until she was at school
Sophie and Edward’s daughter Lady Louise Windsor was in school before she realized her granny was the Queen. According to Sophie, for Louise “it was much more of a shock to the system. It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, ‘Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen,’” that she realized just how truly important her grandmother was. Prince William and Kate have kept a similar secret from their son George.
Prince Andrew paid Beatrice and Eugenie’s (discounted) rent
In 2012, it was agreed that Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie—done with university and not working royals—would have to start paying rent to stay in their lavish royal apartments at St. James Palace. Prince Andrew stepped in, agreeing to pay £20,000 per year for his daughters (close to $28,000)…however, the actual market value of the four-bedroom apartment was estimated by London estate agents Savills at between £100,000 and £150,000 per year ($130,000 to $193,000), five to seven times the price. Nice discount, if you can get it! Here are 12 times the royal family broke their own protocol.
Prince Harry has been to rehab
After getting caught with marijuana, a then-17-year-old Prince Harry was dragged by Prince Charles to rehab, where he spent a day at London’s Featherstone Lodge rehabilitation center. According to the royal family, Harry agreed to the visit “to learn about the possible consequences of starting to take cannabis.” By the way—did you know Prince Harry’s real name isn’t “Harry”?
Her grandson James has a talent for flipping burgers
British TV stations plan to skip Princess Beatrice’s wedding
When Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in late 2018, the ceremony was televised by ITV, received 3 million viewers, and culminated in an open-air carriage ride around Windsor (just like Harry and Meghan). However, Eugenie’s sister Princess Beatrice won’t be afforded the same respect: both ITV and the BBC have declined to cover Beatrice’s wedding live, reportedly over public reaction to her father Prince Andrew’s universally panned BBC Newsnight interview and personal involvement with Jeffery Epstein. Wondering why Eugenie is the only royal with her own official Instagram account? Here’s the surprising reason.