When you’re a typical freshman, you have all kinds of stresses in your life — a new roommate, homesickness, worries about finances, worries about classes, and so forth. When you’re a princess, though, you probably don’t have these worries. Princess Beatrice of York — the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson — just started Goldsmith’s College in London, where she plans to study history and the history of ideas. Beatrice is living in nearby St. James Palace, so she doesn’t have to worry about dorm life and cafeteria food and such.
What you do have to worry about when you’re a princess and a college student is that the media’s going to be watching your every move, especially in the UK, where there’s an insatiable appetite for news about the royals. Poor Beatrice quickly learned that after a night of partying that caused her to be 20 minutes late to her philosophy class, she’s all over the tabloids. Oops. There’s also much ado being made about her pricey Louis Vuitton satchel that she uses to carry her books.
Think of that the next time you’re 20 minutes late for class. Yes, you have to worry about roommates and tuition, but you don’t have your every move scrutinized by the media.