Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie made sure to wear "muted colors" to the traditional church service at Sandringham on Christmas Day in an effort to not steal the spotlight from King Charles and Prince William.
"Beatrice and Eugenie showed a message of solidarity on Christmas. It is clear they have stayed on good terms with their cousins and see no reason to put that in jeopardy," fashion expert Jennifer Von Walderdorff told an outlet.
"Therefore, the sisters played it neutral this year," she added.
Beatrice and Eugenie were also on hand to accompany their parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, with the royal gathering at Sandringham being the first for the latter in what is believed to be the early 1990s.
The appearance comes after recent analysis suggests that the two junior royals were looking to receive "royal promotions" from Charles III to become full-time, working royals.
"The palace is looking at the patronages. But I think William has made clear where he stands," royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams dished in November.
"There's no doubt that because there are few working royals, there will be fewer patronages. But I think because of that, Beatrice and Eugenie might very well have done more in different circumstances. "But it's always very important to note public attitudes to this. Inevitably, they would receive a certain amount from the sovereign grant as working royals. And I don't think that that would be something most people would think was acceptable at the moment," the expert added.
The princesses seeking not to ruffle William's feathers comes after the king-in-waiting made some veiled comments about how the monarchy has functioned in the past when it came to charitable organizations and patronages. While speaking at the 2023 Earthshot Prize awards in Singapore, also in November, the Prince of Wales highlighted how the Crown should approach the future.
"I care about so many things, and previously the family have been very much spotlighting brilliantly and going round and highlighting lots — I want to go a step further. I want to actually bring change, and I want to bring people to the table who can do the change if I can’t do it. I think the thing that ties it all together for me is social leadership. That’s what I’m trying to find my way in," the next monarch shared.
The heir to the throne further revealed clues that he wants the monarchy to remain streamlined to only a few members. "But you have to remain focused, if you spread yourself too thin, you just can’t manage it, and you won’t deliver the impact or the change that you really want to happen," His Royal Highness concluded.
Daily Express reported on Von Walderdorff's comments.