Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie's relationship is said to be suffering a "strain" following the recent events surrounding their father, Prince Andrew.

Beatrice, 33, and Eugenie, 31, have always had a close relationship, but sources say the elder sister is taking the woes on her shoulders more than her sibling.

A source told Mail on Sunday: "Though both are equally as devoted to their father, there is a feeling Beatrice is taking this on her shoulders slightly more.

"They don’t seem as inseparable as they once were," the source continued to tell the newspaper of the sisters, who both welcomed their first child last year.

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Their father, The Duke of York, who has been stripped of his military affiliations and Royal patronages, will face a civil sex case trial after Judge Kaplan dismissed a motion by Andrew's legal team to have the lawsuit thrown out, it was revealed on Wednesday, 12 January.

As a result, Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is "devastated" and "regrouping" with their two daughters, as he faces trial, a source has claimed.

The 61 year old is being sued by Virginia Giuffre, now 38, as she claims the prince sexually assaulted her when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in some US states.

Virginia alleged that Jeffery Epstein and the recently-convicted Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked her into sexual abuse and exploitation.

Prince Andrew has vehemently denied these claims.

The fact that Prince Andrew will no longer use his title in an official capacity will not alter the standing of his daughters.

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Both Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will remain HRH Princess Beatrice, Mrs Mapelli Mozzi and HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Brooksbank.

Both women have their titles because of Letters Patent, which was issued over a century ago by King George V.

Royal Central shared: "This stipulated that all the grandchildren of a Monarch, in the male line, be Royal Highnesses and Princes or Princesses."

However other questions are less certain – both Eugenie and Beatrice were predicted to take on more royal duties but that step-up has now been deemed "impossible."

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam coined their expansion as such, amid the Duke of York's royal family status being left in tatters, telling “The Yorks are a close-knit family and this will be devastating for them.

"They only perform a very few royal duties. However, any expansion of their roles, which was a possibility as there are fewer senior royals and many of them are no longer young, is now impossible for the foreseeable future."

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