Why Princess Eugenie Can Have an Instagram and Meghan Markle Can't

It's not just a matter of preference.

Trooping The Colour 2018
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Like most 20-somethings these days, Princess Eugenie of York has . The engaged royal regularly posts sweet pics of her family and fiancé Jack Brooksbank, but her presence on social media is somewhat unorthodox.

Most members of the royal family do not maintain personal accounts on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. In fact, just two months after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry.

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She was "grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years" but "she has not used these accounts for some time," Kensington Palace gave as explanation . For a former lifestyle blogger, simply deleting years of carefully curated moments seemed drastic, but that's apparently the price to pay when it comes to joining the royal family.

Most members of the House of Windsor release photos and statements through palace-run accounts. The Kensington Palace handles on Twitter and relay news on behalf of Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and now Meghan Markle. Then there's the pages for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the for the Queen, Prince Philip, and other news from Buckingham Palace.

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Outsourcing the posts to a team of social media experts may come as a relief to the heavily scheduled royals. That's just one less thing to worry about! (Even if you can't help but wonder if Kate Middleton would like to post OOTD pics to her own feed.)

So if her cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents all comply with the palaces' social media rules, why does Princess Eugenie go it alone? The answer may lie in the fact that she's not an official working royal.

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While other relatives attend official engagements full-time, the Duke of York's children do not. Prince Andrew "supports both of his daughters financially from his private income," according to .

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Princess Eugenie does make some money of her own; she works full-time in the art world in addition to participating in other philanthropic and charitable endeavors, per . She still makes time to accompany to her father Prince Andrew and other relatives to a few select events like the Trooping the Colour or Buckingham Palace garden parties.

"As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them is to be modern working young women who happen to be members of the Royal Family," Prince Andrew said in a . "I am delighted to see them building their careers."

Luckily for the rest of the world, Princess Eugenie's Instagram provides special insight into palace life. She posted a behind-the-scenes shot of Saturday's Trooping the Colour by snapping this photo of her dad in his official military garb:

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With more royal wedding planning ahead, this is one account you'll definitely want to follow. Now if she could only convince to join.

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