Byline: Hannah Roberts, John Stevens
HER mother has just extricated herself from under a [pounds sterling]5million mountain of debt - and then only with the help of her father's dubious associates.
So maybe it wasn't surprising that Princess Eugenie marked her 21st birthday by looking for a pot of gold.
The younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York led a gang of friends on a bicycle treasure hunt at the weekend to celebrate her milestone birthday.
The group of twenty-somethings spent Saturday haring around Windsor Great Park on old-fashioned tandems and bikes, three days after Eugenie turned 21, on what is understood to have been an organised scavenger hunt, normally designed for stag and hen dos.
Eugenie was at the front of the pack of friends who included her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank as well as her sister Beatrice and her boyfriend Dave Clark. Others joining in were classmates from Newcastle University, where Eugenie is known for her wild partying.
She was also out enjoying herself the night before - but in a style a world away from her normal antics, which often see the sixth in line to the throne spilling out of London nightclubs in the small hours. On Friday she and 35 friends, as well as her mother Sarah Ferguson, 51, travelled in two minibuses to a knees-up at a pub near their Windsor home, Royal Lodge.
Much like at children's parties, the duchess sat on a 'grown-ups' table at the Belvedere Arms in Sunninghill, near Ascot, before she and a female friend eventually joined the younger guests.
In a sign of Sarah's continued financial problems, she did not pick up the tab and instead left the students to divide the bill.
Mother and daughter were dressed head to toe in black, while Eugenie's boyfriend added a splash of colour with crumpled red trousers.
A manager at the pub said: 'They split the bill - not between all 38 but lots of different ways. They were all coming up to the bar and paying for their own rounds of drinks. They were good like that.'
The party bought rounds of gin and tonic and bottles of white wine. …