prince andrew, duke of york, took to twitter friday to issue a rare statement denying recent rumors that a "split" had developed between himself and older brother prince charles, the heir to the british throne and father of prince william and prince harry, over the future roles of his daughters, princess beatrice and princess eugenie, in the royal family. in his statement he wished to stop "speculation and innuendo" relating to his daughters. he added it was "complete fabrication" to suggest he wanted titles for any future husbands of the princesses. “continued speculation over a split between himself and prince charles was ‘pointless’, he said. the statement says: "over the past few weeks a number of stories have been run in various newspapers that have no basis of fact and the most recent, referring to my daughters, requires correction to terminate further speculation and innuendo. the statement continues: "as a father, my wish for my daughters is for them to be modern, working, young women, who happen to be members of the royal family, and i am delighted to see them building their careers. whilst acknowledging there is "considerable interest" in the granddaughters of the queen, prince andrew said he "cannot continue to stand by and have the media speculate on their futures based on my purported interventions, which are completely made up". it came shortly after the princesses' mother, the duchess of york, urged the media to "stop bullying the york family". she was speaking as beatrice, 28, and eugenie, 26, became patrons of the teenage cancer trust charity.