Princess Beatrice has revealed she suffers from ‘imposter syndrome every day’ at a women in business event, in her first comments since Prince Andrew was sacked by the Queen.
The royal, 31, gave a speech while at the Women In Cable Telecommunications event in London on Tuesday, with attendees reporting that she said: ‘You have to find a way to be yourself, to be authentic’.
The comments are the first the royal has made since her father Prince Andrew, 59, was sacked by the Queen, 93, amid fall-out over his disastrous TV interview and friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Beatrice works as Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy for software firm Afiniti.
Princess Beatrice, 31, revealed she suffers from imposter syndrome while giving a speech at a women in business event in London on Tuesday
The comments were her first since her father Prince Andrew, 59, was sacked by the Queen amid fall-out over his disastrous Newsnight interview (pictured together in April)
Princess Beatrice attended the Christmas Event for Women in Cable Telecommunications on Tuesday.
The event was billed online as an ‘an end-of-year celebration’ to ‘celebrate a year of inspirational women’.
Guest speakers included Sarah Haran, founder and creative director of the luxury handbag retailer of the same name, as well as Amanda Thompson, CEO and Founder of the wine maker.
After the event, Amanda tweeted: ‘Interesting to hear Princess Beatrice has impostor syndrome like the rest of us tonight.’
Attendees at the event revealed Beatrice implored the audience ‘to be authentic’ and ‘find a way to be youself’
Rebecca Pike, who attended the event, shared a snippet of royal’s speech on Twitter, writing: ‘Kudos to Beatrice for her honest words’
Meanwhile another attendee Rebecca Pike, shared: ‘Kudos to Princess Beatrice for her honest words at an event this evening.’
She went on to post that the royal had said: ‘”You have to find a way to be yourself, to be authentic. I have impostor syndrome every day but it’s something we all have to overcome.”’
Impostor syndrome causes an individual to doubt their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’.
The comments are Beatrice’s first since her father was forced out of public life after lengthy discussions with his eldest brother the Prince of Wales and the Queen.
What is imposter syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved.
Individuals with impostorism incorrectly attribute their success to luck, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more than they perceive themselves to be
In recent research, impostor phenomenon is studied as a reaction to particular events.
Research has shown that there is a relationship between impostor phenomenon and the following factors:
- Family expectations
- Overprotective parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
- Graduate-level coursework
- Racial identities
- Attribution style
- Low trait self-esteem
- Excessive self-monitoring, with an emphasis on self-worth
Sources revealed on Wednesday that Prince Charles ‘read the riot act’ to his brother in a dramatic showdown at Sandringham when he retired the Duke from his public duties last month.
Charles told his embattled brother there was ‘no way back into the family in the near future’ after the public outcry that followed his car crash BBC interview.
The Duke of York has effectively been retired by the royal family, aged 59, after announcing he would step down from public duties for the ‘foreseeable future’ in November.
It is believed Prince Andrew had long subsidised Beatrice’s and Princess Eugenie’s lifestyle, because their jobs may not pay enough to keep them in the manner to which they have become accustomed.
The news may mean their father’s calamity may have a financial impact on them, as well as being personally distressing.
The comments are the first the royal has made publically since her father Prince Andrew was sacked by the Queen and effectively retired from public duty
Beatrice is said to focus on ‘client development’ as part of her job, and her salary is unknown.
It is unprecedented for a senior royal to be asked to stand down in this way and illustrates how damaging Andrew’s BBC Newsnight interview was for himself, and the monarchy.
The 59-year-old prince and his team – led by private secretary Amanda Thirsk – knew speaking publicly about the Epstein scandal was a huge gamble.
But they felt backed into a corner following the sex offender’s suicide and repeated claims by Virginia Roberts that she was ‘trafficked’ by her abuser to have sex with the Queen’s son on three occasions, the first when she was just 17.
Prince Andrew is believed to have long subsidized Princess Beatrice’s lifestyle, and it is unknown what impact his retirement may have on the royal
Mrs Thirsk and her team hoped that by choosing such a formidable interviewer as Emily Maitlis the general public would be convinced of his innocence and honesty.
Instead, millions of viewers were left astonished by Andrew’s attempt to explain his relationship with Epstein.
The Duke told Maitlis in his appearance that he did not have sex with Virginia Roberts.