Prince Andrew denies rift with Prince Charles over future roles of daughters Eugenie and Beatrice

'Any continued speculation is pointless', says Prince Andrew

Nina Massey
Saturday 10 December 2016 04:15
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'There is no truth' to reports of a possible rift in the Royal Family, Prince Andrew has said
'There is no truth' to reports of a possible rift in the Royal Family, Prince Andrew has said

The Duke of York has said there is “no truth” in rumours of a rift between him and the Prince of Wales over his daughters' participation as members of the Royal Family.

Making a rare public statement, Andrew posted a link on Twitter in response to recent rumours regarding Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

He said: “It is a complete fabrication to suggest I have asked for any future husbands of the Princesses to have titles.

“There is no truth to the story that there could be a split between The Prince of Wales and I over my daughters' participation as members of the Royal Family and any continued speculation is pointless.”

Earlier on Friday, the Duchess of York spoke of her pride in her daughters and made the plea “stop bullying the York family”.

She was speaking as her daughters became patrons of the Teenage Cancer Trust, calling their “hard work” an example of “good parenting”.

The Duchess and the two princesses visited a specialist teen cancer unit in London to mark the occasion, meeting young people with the disease.

Sarah said: “Both the Duke and myself, we could not be more proud of this moment because these are two girls that work so hard in their own careers, have taken time off today to spread the word of teen cancer, which is so important, and then go back to work.

“It's really an extraordinary example that, I think, good parenting and listening to your children and getting them to take responsibility for their own actions.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust provides specialist care and support for young people with cancer, giving them the chance to connect with others of the same age.

Beatrice spent time talking to Harry Sadler at the University College Hospital unit, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

The 17-year-old said the princess was polite and “vibrant”, and he added: “She listened to me.”

Beatrice was in turn inspired by the Colchester student, saying: “His strength taught me so much. I learnt a huge lesson today from Harry.”

Sarah said she is proud of her family's charity work, adding: “Let's focus more on this and less on tittle-tattle gossip.

“Stop bullying the York family, please.”

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