In early November, Kensington Palace started a new trend of issuing clarifying statements regarding the royal family; Prince Harry’s relationship with actress Meghan Markle being the first. The Palace confirmed their courtship and ask for her privacy, which only fueled more rumors that Prince William didn’t support the issuing of such a personal a statement in the first place. Then, another statement was issued on Prince William’s behalf saying: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
Funnily enough, situations of this nature — when in trying to cover something up, you actually draw more attention to it — have a name: “The Streisand Effect.” The name is a reference to Barbra Streisand‘s failed attempt in 2003 to remove a handful of photographs of her enormous residence in Malibu, California from the Internet, only to have every troll suddenly made aware of them.
The royal family only continued their streak of revealing personal statements, however, when Prince Andrew penned his own letter from Buckingham Palace on Friday regarding rumors about his relationship with his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. And in an even further sign of the times, he released it on his personal Twitter account.
“Whilst I appreciate, as Granddaughters of The Queen, there is considerable interest in my daughters,” he wrote. “I cannot continue to stand by and have the media speculate on their futures based on my purported interventions, which are completely made up and an invention.”
Prince Andrew then went on to clarify that he didn’t care if his daughters’ future husbands had titles, and that he supports their desire to pursue careers.
“As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them to be modern working young women,” he continued. “Who are happy to be Members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building there careers.”
It’s a brave new world, and the scions are alright.
10 Other Political Scions and Royal Families to Look to Now
Who: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Why: Just look at him.
Who: Sirivannavari Nariratana, Princess of Thailand Why: She has her own brand called Sirivannavari Bankok and can often be found front row at Paris Fashion Week.
Who: Luka Pahor, son of Borut Pahor, president of Slovenia Why: Skater boy and Thrasher lover.
Who: Princess Maria-Chantal of Greece and her daughter, Maria-Olympia Why: Like mother like daughter.
Who: Thuthukile Zuma, youngest of South African president Jacob Zuma Why: At 27, she’s already the chief of staff in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
Who: Clotilde of Savoy, Princess of Venice Why: She’s both an award-winning French actress and a front row fixture at Paris Fashion Week (and all the parties throughout.)
Who: Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco Why: The second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Princess of Monaco, Charlotte is friends with Stella McCartney and has dabbled in fashion journalism.
Who: Kinga Duda, daughter of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda Why: At the age of 21, she’s got a private Instagram account and is currently studying law.
Who: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan Why: The handsome young leaders have one son together, Jigme.
Who: Princess Madeleine of Sweden Why: She’s close with Valentino Garavani, who designed her stunning wedding gown.
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