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2 August 2018, 12:33
"We want to show people who we are as working, young, royal women, but also not to be afraid of putting ourselves out there."
Princess sisters Beatrice and Eugenie have spoken about their issues with living in the public eye, explaining that they often face "mockery" and criticism.
In their first ever joint interview for Vogue, they said it was hard being a working woman in an "Instagram" world, where everything appears to be perfect.
The Queen’s granddaughters said that they consider themselves to be "real" despite their royal status.
Princess Beatrice, 29, said: "It’s hard to navigate situations like these because there is no precedent, there is no protocol.
"We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses, and doing all of this in the public eye."
Princess Eugenie, 28, added: "We want to show people who we are as working, young, royal women, but also not to be afraid of putting ourselves out there. Nowadays it’s so easy to recoil when you see a perfect image on Instagram - but it’s important that it’s real. We’re real."
The sisters have been mocked in the past for their fashion choices, in particular Beatrice's choice of hat at the 2011 Royal Wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The pair said that people "beating" them up had been tough, and had often reduced them to tears.
Eugenie, who works at an art gallery, said she broke down while at a garden party at Buckingham Palace. She said: "There was a horrible article that had been written about Beatrice and she got really upset.
"We were just about to step out and she had a bit of a wobble and cried. I was looking after her. And then about an hour later, I had a wobble and started crying and Bea was there for me."
The sisters also described each other as their "rocks". Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank in October, with Beatrice acting as her maid-of-honour.
Beatrice said: "Euge is amazing. She’s a very modern bride."
Eugenie added: "I’m not stressed at all. It’s nerve-racking because you want it to be perfect, but then you realise that you’re going to be with the person you love forever and nothing else really matters."