Queen ‘lines up Meghan and Harry replacement’ and ‘asks them to take on more duties’

The Queen has asked Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to take on more duties after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the Royal Family, it has been reported.

Her Majesty is said to want to fill in the gaping hole in The Firm left behind by her grandson Harry and his wife after they stepped down as senior royals last month.

She is said to believe Beatrice and Eugenie would be the solution.

The Queen thinks they should attend more events and carry out more duties, a courtier told the Daily Mail.

Prince Charles, who has long reportedly wanted to have a slimmed-down monarchy when he is King, is also said to be on board with the idea.

The courtier said: “The Royal Family has already become slimmed down with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex giving up public duties.

As the older members of the family retire, it will become slimmer still, so there are spaces to be filled.

“His Royal Highness is very fond of his nieces and would not stand in the way if they did want to carry out more duties.”

Beatrice and Eugenie are not considered senior working royals as they don’t carry out duties full time on behalf of the Queen.

Prince Andrew’s daughters instead have full-time work outside of the Royal Family, with Newcastle graduate Eugenie, 29, being the director of Mayfair art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

Beatrice, 31, who has a degree from Goldsmiths, University of London, works in finance and consulting.

This isn’t the first time it had been predicted the sisters, who are ninth and tenth in line to the throne, will step into Harry and Meghan’s shoes.

Robert Lacey, who is the historical consultant for Netflix series The Crown, said last month: “If two go out, two have got to come in, and those two have got to be Beatrice and Eugenie.”

This is despite their dad Andrew being embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, with the crisis forcing the Duke of York to step down from royal duties.

The report comes a day after Beatrice, 31, announced she will marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29 at The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.