Newcastle University offers sincere apologies to Princess Eugenie after a professor said that she only got accepted at the university because of her “royal status.” The university ensured that enrollment is offered to students who meet the requirements regardless of their background.

The Controversy

Newcastle University has publicly apologizes to Princess Eugenie, after Martin Farr, a senior history professor at the university said that she only got accepted because of her “royal status.”

At an anti-monarchy rally, the professor spoke to the crowds, saying: “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 [Princess Eugenie] had been rejected before she was offered a place with us for another degree.”

He then implied that the princess “used by the university for publicity”.

A spokesperson for the princess refused to comment on the topic. The 27-year-old princess studied English Literature and graduated from the university in 2012. She is now working in New York with Paddle8, an auction house online.

According to the Newcastle University website, the requirements for an English program next year will likely be for those who have achieved A-levels of AAA-AAB.

The University’s Apology

Chris Day, the president and vice-chancellor of the university publicly said: “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.”

Earlier in the week, a spokeswoman for the university said: “The university will not comment on an individual student’s position as this information is confidential. In general, however, if an applicant does not have the actual or predicted grades to meet the requirements for a particular programme, it is possible for them to be considered for alternative options.”

The university also explained that it follows a “strict admissions process” which ensures “fair entry” for all of its applicants.  “The academic in question was not involved in the admissions process that took place at that time and he would have no knowledge or insight into any of the decisions that took place,” the spokesman continued to say.


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