Um, Did Princess Eugenie Just Confirm This Long-Held Royal Theory?

If you’re a fan of the royals, chances are you’ve come across Elizabeth Holmes’s (no, not that Elizabeth Holmes) I Have So Many Thoughts commentary on everyone from Meghan Markle to Kate Middleton. If so, you might be familiar with a certain long purported (and juicy) theory of Holmes’s. And, Princess Eugenie may have just accidentally confirmed her suspicions.  

Holmes has long hypothesized that the purses the royals carry are just accessories and hold zero functional value (i.e.: they’re completely empty). Why? Truth be told, the royals have attendants to hold silly things like tissues and lip glosses. Plus, the bags always tend to look a little too, well, deflated. 

Until last week, it was just a potentially accurate theory. But when Princess Eugenie shared a throwback photo of herself and her older sister, Princess Beatrice, on Instagram it kinda seemed like Holmes’s suspicions were confirmed.

“Bea and I are laughing hysterically after contemplating what on earth was in our handbags that day going to church…We quite clearly are loving our full lime green and lilac suits!! The shoes, the headbands…yes to the 90s…” Eugenie captioned a gem of photo, adding the hashtags #FlashbackFriday #LimeGreen and #Lilac.

Naturally, Holmes commented on the photo, writing, “I KNEW IT” with laughing face and beating heart emoji.

To be clear, Princess Eugenie didn’t specifically state that there isn’t anything in their purses, only that she and her sister couldn’t even try and surmise what business they had with carrying purses. As a child of the ’90s, this editor guesses that if there is something in those tiny purses it’s probably some Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, butterfly clips and a Tamagotchi—or, as Holmes maintains, nothing.

We’ll file this away for further investigation. In the meantime, your move, Kensington Palace.


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