Lonely Planet Writer

Why an Instagram photo landed Queen Elizabeth's grand-daughter, Princess Eugenie, in trouble

One of the reasons we love Instagram so much is that it gives us access behind-the-scenes of public figures’ lives. if you’re a member of the British Royal Family, that may not go down so well however, as Princess Eugenie of York found to her cost when she got into hot water over a photo she posted of her dad, Prince Andrew.

Princess Eugenie got into trouble over an Instagram post. Image: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

While Meghan Markle deleted her Instagram account prior to her marriage to Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie is one of the few members of the British Royal Family to have their own page, and she shares lots of images of her family on it, including photos of her mum, Sarah, Duchess of York. The 28-year-old bride-to-be, who will marry Jack Brooksbank in October, posted an image of Prince Andrew in uniform in Buckingham Palace back in June. She said it was “a wonderful and proud day” as it was her dad’s first Trooping the Colour in his new position as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

However, the photograph also gave her 309k followers a great view of an area of the palace, enabling them to admire the red carpet and pale blue walls, as well as portraits on the walls and bust sculptures lining the corridor. This did not go down well at the palace. “I recently got in trouble for posting a picture of Papa in a corridor of the palace that was off-limits to the public,” she told British Vogue, in which she did her first joint interview with her older sister and maid-of-honour, Princess Beatrice.

Princess Beatrice, Dave Clark, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie and Prince Andrew, at Ascot in, 2015. Image: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

As she has learned the hard way, making sure you have the perfect background for your Insta shots comes with an added layer of scrutiny when you’re a British princess. To follow Princess Eugenie, check out her Instagram page here.