Princess Beatrice, 30, and Princess Eugenie, 29, sometimes have difficulty being role models.
They are in ninth and tenth place on the British throne line and as such have a little more privacy than their cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry, but they are still living very much in the public eye.
Why "being models has always been difficult" for Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
Almost all of their moves have been examined from what they do for a living – Princess Eugenie is an art gallery director and Princess Beatrice is the vice president of a New York data and software company – for the food they consume.
"Being role models has always been difficult for them, and being criticized for their weight, fashion and working life has always been difficult for them to swallow," a source told PEOPLE.
Most notably, the princesses were criticized for the clothes they wore for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
In the British tradition, they used fascinators, but because of their style and color, Beatrice and Eugenie were compared to the malicious sisters of Disney. Cinderella, who wore similar clothing in the animated film.
It was recently revealed that Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, placed her daughter Beatrice on a diet at the age of eight when she began to overeat.
Ferguson, who was once called the "Duchess of Pork" by the press, called those days "soul-destroying" and probably did not want the same thing to happen to her daughter.
When asked why she put Beatrice on a diet, the Duchess of York said, "I think eating too much kind runs in the family."
As an adult, Beatrice revealed that she struggles with her weight and body image as a teenager, but today the princess employs the services of a personal trainer to stay in shape. She also became the first member of the royal family to lead the London Marathon in 2010.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie learned "they can do very well with their status"
Although the scrutiny has been hard on Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, they have learned that they have a lot of power in their positions to make positive changes.
"But for the past two years, the two girls have realized that they are now women and can do very well with their status," the source added.
Both women really were in their twenties and now in their early thirties.
Princess Eugenie established an organization to abolish modern slavery called The Anti-Slavery Collective.
She also brought awareness to scoliosis – the princess was diagnosed at age 12 and underwent surgery to correct her curved spine – choosing to highlight her scar when she married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
Eugenie shared never-before-seen photos of his X-rays with his followers on Instagram.
Note: As Eugenie is further along the line of succession, she is allowed to have a personal Instagram account.
And Princess Beatrice defends the upbringing of children, a cause close to the heart because of her own experience with dyslexia.
Even though Eugenie and Beatrice are royalty, they have the same desires as everyone else.
"Yes, their grandmother is the queen, and they ride in carriages and live in that bubble," a friend told People. "But they are human beings who want to fall in love, have fun, make a difference and just live."
"They are self-employed women, but they are also aware of their position and where they can help," they added.
It seems that Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have managed to strike a balance between being high-ranking members of the British royal family and having a life of their own.