British royal Princess Beatrice is bidding to win a place at one of America's Ivy League universities.

The 17-year-old daughter of Sarah Ferguson, DUCHESS OF YORK and ex-husband PRINCE ANDREW is jetting out to the US to try and impress the country's top institutions.

Ferguson is especially pleased with her decision, as she already spends several months of the year in New York fulfilling her lucrative contract with Weightwatchers.

A royal source says, "America is her mother's second home and Beatrice loves the idea of studying there.

"She hangs out at the Manhattan apartment her mother rents and loves the fact she can pretty much come and go as she pleases without having to worry about the paparazzi."