Princess Eugenie has found herself in the midst of much unwanted controversy this week after a professor claimed that she only won her place at university because of her royal status.
Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter attended Newcastle from 2009, graduating in 2012 with a 2:1 English, history of art and politics BA (Hons) degree.
However, an academic has now claimed that the Princess was actually initially rejected from Newcastle university and only had her application accepted after the admissions officer realized who she was.
Dr Martin Farr, a senior history lecturer at Newcastle University, said that the university was ‘horrified’ to discover that Eugenie has been turned down because her application was simply “not good enough”.
The revelations came about when Farr spoke to an anti-monarchist campaign. He said, “We had at Newcastle University one of the Queen’s granddaughters, Princess Eugenie.”
“And a friend of mine who is Italian was the admissions officer for BA English literature and received one application for the undergraduate degree that was not good enough and so discarded it.”
“Apparently the university was horrified that she had been rejected before she was offered a place with us for another degree.”
The daily reports that as the admissions officer in question was Italian, he failed to recognize that, “Princess Eugenie of York from Sandringham may have had more significance for the institution than another applicant.”
After the mortifying claims were published, a spokesman for Newcastle University initially said, “The University will not comment on an individual student’s position as this information is confidential.”
“In general if an applicant does not have the actual or predicted grades to meet the requirements for a particular programme, it is common practice for them to be considered for alternative programmes.”
However, since the revelations, Newcastle University has now released a formal apology to Princess Eugenie.
Vice-chancellor and president Chris Day told Sun Online, “We are entirely satisfied that Princess Eugenie met the high academic standards required for admission to Newcastle University and to suggest this was not the case is simply not true.”
“The application was handled appropriately via UCAS as is the case with all our students.
“Every student, irrespective of his or her background, has a right to privacy. Dr Martin Farr and the University apologise unreservedly for the distress caused to HRH.”
A spokesman for Princess Eugenie has reportedly refused to comment.