According to the Daily Mail, Princess Beatrice has quit her job in New York to form her own startup consultant company.
From the Daily Mail:
“In June well-placed sources said the Queen’s grand-daughter had been ‘let go’ from her role in New York. This was strongly denied by aides who maintained she was only in Britain for the month of June because of a ‘work project’ and to support the Queen during her 90th birthday celebrations.
“Sources insisted she had moved to ‘another department within the same company’, Sandbridge Capital, and would return to work in early July.
“Last week, however, the Daily Mail was told Beatrice had not been at her desk for two months. Callers to the firm were told she ‘is no longer with the company’.
“Sources close to the princess, 27, say she has now resigned to form her own ‘start-up’, backed by Sandbridge.
“Sandbridge advises and invests in fashion, health and consumer businesses and boasts brands including Topshop and Karl Lagerfeld in its portfolio. The source said: ‘She is creating a start-up consultancy backed by, and in association with, the group she worked with. She and some other people have set up a consultancy business under the auspices of Sandbridge Capital.’
“The friend said she had not been sacked, saying: ‘She was working, she resigned and is now concentrating her efforts on this start-up. She wanted to be more entrepreneurial, so she has set up her own unit within the group, but as a separate unit.’
“A friend said: ‘Beatrice is a young girl making her own way in the world and finding her feet. She should be applauded for striking out on her own, not vilified.'”
I’m slightly skeptical because “business consultant” could mean anything and obviously this is not specific, but good on Beatrice for starting her own company if this is true. I’m wondering what role Beatrice will have since the source said she is creating the company with “some other people”. Like, is Bea going to be CEO of her own company? Or is she just a partner but not CEO? Or what’s her role? I’d really like to know. I’m all for women creating their own companies and I hope she succeeds.
In other Bea news, Beatrice attended an event for one of her patronages on June 30. Bea attended an event for the 30th birthday of Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF). The event raised over £20,000 for the BCFs current campaign, “A Life Less Lonely”, which aims to help adults and children across Berkshire struggling with loneliness and isolation. The event began with a drinks reception and included dinner and an auction.
Judging by the pictures, Bea either gave some sort of speech or participated in the calling out of the auction.
BCF 30th Birthday celebrations with @yorkiebea #30thBirthday #ThinkLocalGiveLocal https://t.co/PlYAfbbuSi pic.twitter.com/yuPUXKGB1G
— BerksCommFoundation (@berkshirecf) July 7, 2016
Our 30th Birthday Celebrations are very close to raising £30k for #ALifeLessLonely in Berkshire https://t.co/WoSdBydSVX
— BerksCommFoundation (@berkshirecf) July 12, 2016