Princess Eugenie has defended her strong work ethic and insisted her conscientiousness has got her to where she is now. The 27-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who is an associate director at the art gallery Hauser and Wirth, was addressing an audience at the China Exchange in London earlier this week.
The young royal had been criticized for reportedly taking eight holidays in 15 months last year, but puts most of it down to royal commitments as she attempts to "straddle two worlds."
"My boss is a lovely man," Eugenie said at the event (via The Daily Mail). "I think my boss understands very much when I have to take an afternoon or go with my family. I think there is an understanding that goes both ways. I am in service to my family and to the love of my grandmother. Most people understand that when you have to go and balance that and straddle two worlds. Whether you curtsy for someone or you don't, you still work really hard and make an effort to get where you want to be."
Eugenie defended her position at Hauser and Wirth by affirming: "The reason I am in the art world is down to me, not because I have a title. I think I am regarded in my job for doing my exams and learning the way I did."
She also revealed that she wanted to act when she was younger, continuing: "I always wanted to be an actress. I did act at school. I did Hello Dolly. I sang as well," she disclosed.
And on being a fan of Netflix's royal drama The Crown, which she feels "proud" to watch, Eugenie added: "I did watch a couple of episodes of The Crown. It is filmed beautifully. The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it. I can't speak for everyone but that's how I felt when I watched it."
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.