Princess Anne’s message to younger royals: Don’t try to reinvent the wheel


Princess Anne covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair. While she did not pose for a Vanity Fair shoot, she did authorize this cover story and she gave Katie Nicholl an exclusive interview. But… but I thought no royal figure could do anything with magazines? No guest editing, no interviews, no glossy profiles? I guess it’s only against the rules when it’s Meghan. The VF cover story is to highlight Anne’s 70th birthday, which is coming up in August (she’s a Leo). Much of the piece is stuff we already know: Anne isn’t surrounded by “people,” she’s very normal, she does tons of events, she doesn’t have a stylist, she rewears clothes all the time, even if the pieces are decades old. She does her own makeup too and she’s “even known to fix her own tiara if necessary.” There’s one quote from Anne which is making the rounds, but the whole piece is worth a read – she’s an enjoyable character and arguably the least problematic of the Windsors. Some highlights:

She never eats while she’s working: “I think during the day, eating’s not really an issue.” An aide says she never stops for refreshments until her schedule is over.

On being caught on-camera enjoying a gossip session with world leaders dragging Donald Trump: “The princess was unhappy to be dragged into that particular story because she has always been careful not to be seen to be political in any way,” says a source. “She is also incredibly respectful, so any suggestion that she would laugh at anyone behind their backs was quite upsetting for her.”

On the youths: “I find it very difficult to understand why anybody gets sucked into screens and devices. Life’s too short, frankly. There’s more entertaining things to be done. I suppose that puts me in the real dinosaur range.”

Choosing to not give her children titles: “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles. So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”

She had a happy time at boarding school, unlike Prince Charles: “My case was slightly different to my senior brother’s… I was ready to go to school. I had a governess and two friends and that was never going to be enough, really, so I was only too pleased to be sent off somewhere else. I think boarding school has been demonized by some when in fact it’s a very important aspect to have available and many children actually thrive in it. One of the other charities I got involved with was the Royal Wanstead Foundation, which is now the Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation and takes children from chaotic homes and sends them to boarding schools. You only have to listen to them to realize that it’s absolutely transformed their lives.”

On fashion & buying British-made clothes: She says she recycles “because I’m quite mean. I still try and buy materials and have them made up because I just think that’s more fun. It also helps to support those who still manufacture in this country. We mustn’t forget we’ve got those skills, and there are still places that do a fantastic job. I very seldom buy anything which isn’t made in the U.K.,” she says, admitting a weakness for Harris Tweed. “It went through a phase when it was very fashionable. For me the point about it is that it looks exactly the same at the end of the day as it did at the beginning. Brilliant.”

If she wasn’t a princess, she would have liked to be an engineer. “The practicalities of how things work, I think, was always interesting as far as I was concerned. But I think it was a little bit early in the sort of scheme of things to have gone down that route.” Instead she has made a point of championing women in her role as patron of Women into Science and Engineering. “I’ve certainly enjoyed being part of trying to encourage more girls to look at engineering as a realistic career.”

A message to the younger royals: She worries that the younger generation of royals may be in too much of a hurry to change the royal family’s tried and tested approach when it comes to philanthropy. Describing herself as “the boring old fuddy-duddy at the back saying, ‘Don’t forget the basics.’ I don’t think this younger generation probably understands what I was doing in the past and it’s often true, isn’t it? You don’t necessarily look at the previous generation and say, ‘Oh, you did that?’ Or, ‘You went there?’ Nowadays, they’re much more looking for, ‘Oh let’s do it a new way.’ And I’m already at the stage, ‘Please do not reinvent that particular wheel. We’ve been there, done that. Some of these things don’t work. You may need to go back to basics.’”

[From Vanity Fair]

Other items I couldn’t fit into these highlights: “She declines to identify herself as a feminist” and she is “deeply proud of her 50 years of work with Save the Children, for which she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.” I think the feminist thing is a mostly generational and royal thing. She’s a nearly 70-year-old princess who would have preferred being an equestrian and an engineer. Of course she has no “need” for feminism. As for her message to the younger royals… I saw on Twitter that some of the Sussex Squad thought Anne was directing the comments at Meghan and Harry. But… the first people I thought of were William and Kate. William spent years bitching and moaning about not wanting to do the same boring, day-in and day-out royal work as Anne’s generation. William is the one trying to reinvent the wheel so he can do less work and have fewer expectations placed on him. Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan would have been happy and eager to be the kind of working royals Anne speaks of. Only they were pushed out and exiled.

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  1. Prairiegirl says:

    I know a lot of folks here want to drink wine with Camilla but I’d drink whiskey with Anne any day of the week.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      May I come too?

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Yup, me too. I’ve no time for Camilla, though she has humanized her image with time and warmed people up. I just still detest the depth and degree of deception she was perfectly willing to carry out in order to fool Diana into marrying a man who was secretly already “taken,” and then watch the poor girl just out of her teens embark on a life with a man who cared nothing about her and with whom she, Camilla, was deeply involved romantically. Anne is able to be real and royal at the same time, and she seems entirely comfortable with herself. I can’t imagine her perpetrating a deception of any sort on anyone, because she simply is who she is.

      • ennie says:

        She seems ok, but she’s not all that, either. They all are human, but their imperfections usually go on a different level of entitlement. She got with her second husband in an overlapping way that is not forgiven to others. It seems that those who “belong”, or are royal by blood get off easily, while the married ins get it much worse, especially if they don’t check certain boxes.

    • LaraK says:

      I’m there with you.

      • cornteen says:

        You should read Julian Fellows novel “Snobs.”It will make you grateful to not be a “marriied in.”

      • Abby says:

        Cornteen is that book good? I’ve owned it for over a year and picked it up and put it down a dozen times. I just can’t get into it. And I love Downton Abbey and all of that scene. If it gets better, maybe I should stick with it?

    • DarlingDiana says:

      Agree. If rather drink wine with Charles than Camilla.

    • PrincessK says:

      I can never understand why people think Anne would be a great Queen. She recently said that she can’t understand people who want to shake hands, hug and take photos with Royals. After all her 70 years she appears to have learnt nothing about ordinary people and their lives. Diana could not stand her and Charles a completely different character appears scared of her. I do feel sorry for Tim Laurence.

  2. HMC says:

    She advocates doing the same old same old “tried and true” approaches. So….how exactly is she a rebel now? Because she recycles her outfits?

    • Chica1971 says:

      As a member of a country of the British Commonwealth, BRF don’t look like me and don’t speak for or to me. My country was a built on the back of black yet ruled my a white minority government. BRF is like the bone china in the china closet, pretty but you walk by everyday .. useless. Sussexes I could relate too , the rest of BRF goodbye and good riddance

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Yeah, Anne admits women couldn’t be engineers in her day, then goes on to say we shouldn’t try to change things. She as worthless as the rest of them — under-educated, unintelligent, and useless, but trying to keep things from changing so she and her ilk can continue to enjoy an unearned, outdated (and racist, and misogynistic) institution and lifestyle payed for by the public.

      • Ennie says:

        Maybe royal women were not “allowed” to study/work or it was frowned upon. Actually, not even aristocrats “gentlemen” much, as far as I know.
        but… in my small town third world country, my friend’s mom who is around 80 is a chemical engineer, now retired. My mom was 10 years older and she could not study to become what she wanted in our small town, so she became a teacher.
        Princess Anne could have probably study, but she chose what she chose.

      • Dinah says:

        Anne wants to keep things the old ways. Lets see if we can support her.

        Well Anne, we know how some of your ‘great old fashioned royal ways’ work, but not everyone is charmed by them. Like having extramarital affairs, you yourself have practiced and is running so nicely in the family, like with your big brother. His son seems to follow suit. And not to mention switching and passing on other’s man within your circles, like you and Camilla have done.

        You see Anne, at the looks of matters, I believe Harry will have a pass on these great ‘old fashioned royal traditions’ Wishing you a happy 70th birthday in advance.

  3. OriginalLala says:

    One of my friend’s is Young Anne’s doppelganger, it’s unsettling!

    I find Anne amusing because she seems no-nonsense and hard working but also seems like a total snob and mean-girl?

    • Lisa says:


    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah, she’s a total snob and I think that comes across in the interview. I find her interesting but I don’t think she’s the nice one in the royal family.

    • girl_ninja says:


    • Redgrl says:

      @original – you put it better than I could. Credit to her for being hard working – which for a royal she is – and fairly no nonsense. She also seems very sarcastic which I like as I’m that way. But I agree – she also seems like a total snob and would be very demeaning and cruel on that basis. The “I’m not a feminist” bit strikes me as cowardly too given that she got screwed over by primogeniture.

      • Lou says:

        No she didn’t, Charles is the eldest. If she was born first, she would have been screwed over by primogeniture, but she wasn’t.

      • MerryGirl says:

        She wasn’t screwed over by primogeniture but she was indeed a victim of gender inequality – her younger brothers took precedence over her and right now she should be in Andrew’s place but she’s behind both her younger brothers and their children.

      • SomeChick says:

        Yeah, that was Margaret.

        I’m not impressed by a single damn one of the “senior” royals. Charles and Camilla and their deception. William and his Wandering Scepter. Catherine and her… uh… nothing. And let us not forget HRH Prince Andrew who is a pedo and a grifter. And his mum, who just doesn’t get it. Creepy old Prince Philip, the road menace.

        Why don’t they wear wedding bands? It’s pretty obvious why.

        They are ALL snobs and mean people.

        I know way too much about this all. At least it’s more interesting than the Kartrashians. (Altho I am still rooting for Kim to actually pass the bar and continue with her activism. She just may turn out to be the best of the bunch.)

    • Prairiegirl says:

      Snob and mean girl? Ab-so-lutely!

    • Agree OriginalLala et al. I hear she’s cold as ice to her office staff. She’s also known to be rude and extremely condescending. As to her wardrobe —- she should have burned most of it before wearing it the first time, much less continuing to wear it over and over for decades. Also, reading again of that famous attempted kidnapping incident in this piece, one thing stands out to me that didn’t before: her driver, her CPO (close protection officer), and one of her security in the second car were all shot (I read in another account, that one was quite seriously wounded and I think one died), but she didn’t “loose her rag”, until the guy tore her designer gown. !!!! I hope to God, that was dry, British humor and that she was at least slightly concerned that everyone around her except her husband and one other security in second car were shot.

      • L4frimaire says:

        I hate her fusty clothes and dated bouffant. Never thought I’d say it but a bit of Botox and hair dye is not a bad idea when you’re in the public. She was able to carve out her own niche as a royal, no one cares or questions what she does and she had her own accomplishments as an Olympic athlete. Her husbands seem lackluster but does anyone expect anything of them? At her age and status, she doesn’t need to reinvent. The system is in her favor. It’s good to be the daughter of the Queen.

    • Ellie says:

      She’s an actual Princess. If not Princesses, who actually gets to be a snob lol

    • Courtney B says:

      Interestingly one of the first quotes from someone who does charity work with her is that she’s very kind. It struck me because usually yiu hear she’s brusque or no nonsense.

  4. OriginalLala says:

    double post!

  5. says:

    All I can see when I look at pictures of young Anne is Sophie Hunter….and I just…

  6. RoyalBlue says:

    I totally disagree with her. You need new ideas and varied points of view. That’s what has kept society moving forward.

  7. Sofia says:

    Okay I think I get what she means by the whole “reinventing the wheel” thing. She probably feels the younger royals are too invested in foundations and big projects they neglect the “bread and butter” engagements. I can see why she probably gets annoyed because she likes those engagements and realises that when she’s gone, those type of engagements will probably stop completely or be done rarely.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Sofia – I agree with all that you say. I think she is also trying to make the point that Instagram cannot replace direct human contact at a village fete.

      • Mary says:

        Problem with that is that she does not really have or want “direct human contact.’ Fgs, she does not even want to shake people’s hands.

        She just shows up. To be more involved, more hands-on, would require more work and mess up her numbers.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think she was referring to the bread and butter engagements as well. I always thought H&M would pick those up along with their various projects but never had the chance to do so. Will and Kate have made it clear they have no interest in being hardworking royals like Anne, which is probably disappointing for all the older royals.

      I’m not sure what she was exactly asked, but she had to know those comments were going to be the focus of the interview, which is petty AF on her part.

      • PrincessK says:

        I think Harry and Meghan have done a lot of these ‘bread and butter’ engagements, but because they have so much charisma when they do them they turn into wine and roses.

    • Nic919 says:

      I honestly think she is directing a lot of this toward Will and Kate who have been doing very few engagements for years and pretend to be innovative but really aren’t. There are no tangible projects from them and they’ve been married for almost ten years.

      • Lady D says:

        I think she’s talking to them too. I think that like everyone else in that family, only the heir counts. She’s probably written Harry and Meghan off as someone she’ll see at an annual family gathering.

  8. Mellie says:

    There are some things I admire about her and some things that make me just want to go up and flip her off…haha.

  9. S808 says:

    I can see her shading both couples, W&K for wanting the acclaim for doing nothing and H&M refusing to be less for W&K and working around the tabloids. In any event, good luck Charlotte, I don’t see Anne having much advice for her other than to “get on with it”.

  10. Eleonor says:

    Came here to say I fix my own tiara all alone too!

  11. Lisa says:

    I get what she is saying but I think there is room and a way to balance both sides.

  12. ABritGuest says:

    I respect Anne’s approach to her duties, her work with Save the Children& her Olympic record but she’s been as rude as her father to members of the public which people conveniently forget.

    She’s also changed things herself, I read that the courtiers used to be aghast at her roughing it and having minimum staff during her Save the Children trips to countries in Africa etc.

    The press think she’s shading the Sussexes but i can imagine her not being a fan of the big projects& openness with eg Heads Together. She probably thinks the focus should be on more bread& butter engagements not impact projects.

    Interesting that there’s no outrage about ‘bad timing’ of this profile because of Covid& with her birthday still being a few months away..

    • S808 says:

      Yes, it’s really interesting isn’t it?

    • Olenna says:

      The “bad timing” only applies to one couple. The silence just emphasizes the poor character of the usual protestors. On another note, slithering Katie N. must be patting herself on the back over this “exclusive”, but I wonder why she used a throwback photo of Anne instead of a new one.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Theory #1) Because a twenty-something woman on the cover sells more copies of magazines than a mature 70 year old woman.

        Theory #2) Anne refused to do a new photoshoot for a new picture and the picture on the cover was the only one they could get permission to run.

      • Olenna says:

        Both theories are plausible but if I had to choose, I’d go with #2? I can just imagine her looking down her nose and saying, “you want me to do what?”, LOL!

  13. Chica1971 says:

    What is the deal with Anne and her new husband? he is like beige wallpaper

    • OriginalLala says:

      “beige wallpaper” – that is exactly what the BRF likes the married-ins to be.

    • Yup, Me says:

      They are all a group of oatmeal, beige, mayo and khaki looking people.

      Also, it makes me laugh that the BRF no longer has young royals that people are excited about so now they’re using young pictures of old royals.

      It’s all a PR game and they’re losing.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Anne had an extra-marital affair with him years ago, while her husband Mark Philips was out catting around. Tim’s spicy love letters to Anne were leaked to the press and she ended up on the front page of People. Talk now is she’s back to philandering with her first love, Andrew Parker-Bowles (Camilla’s ex).

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Royal Foibles had a very nice two-part item on this development earlier this week. Very interesting read.

      • PrincessK says:

        @BayTampaBay……did you read about the astonishing claims about events surrounding Zara?

  14. Paigeishere says:

    The comment about screens is so tone deaf. Yeah I’m sure if we were all able-bodied multi-millionaires with private jets, yachts and racehorses we’d find better things to do with our time than use screens too.

    • SomeChick says:

      Or read Vanity Fair! I suppose I should go exercise my horses, and then sit down to a delicious meal prepared by my staff. (Of course not eating is held up as virtuous… don’t get me started.) Not eating is dysfunctional. Not admirable. WTG Anne, encouraging the younger generation!

  15. line says:

    I also think that his message to the younger generation of royals: “Don’t try to reinvent the wheel” does not necessarily have a shadow against the Sussex but more towards the Cambridges because my I read her’s message as “charitable work and all the other traditional ceremonies of monarchy are part of the job and you have to agree to do it “. William and Kate clearly don’t like working, especially for this type of missions. William had skipping a commonwealth ceremony for a ski trip and also joking about the ridiculous garter ceremony. Kate had breaking a older tradition of Irish Guard for going a day her the hairdresser and for shooping.Preferring fancy events like Wimbledon and previews with celebrities. Without seeming to understand that it is these types of events that always refused to participated to do at any cost that keep the monarchy alive to a certain categories of the population.

  16. niki says:

    This message to the “younger generation” of royals is such an oddly pointed statement. She knows it can only be two people, right? It’s not like it’s a generalized statement that could apply to many. It’s either “I’m criticizing what Will/Kate are doing” or “I’m criticizing what Harry/Meghan are doing.” That’s it. You couldn’t pay me to be in that family.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I think Anne is criticizing all: William, Kate, Harry and Meghan.

      Criticizing all is how I took the article.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Same here. The four of them were kind of bouncing off each other and sometimes competing for exposure. For Will and Kate, this often meant press exposure for some trite thing, rather than tangible support for a cause. The press is also to blame for pouring oil on the fire of the competitive dynamic between the couples, putting the focus on the personalities while the causes they were supporting faded into the background.
        I also wonder if her comment referred to the increasing use of social media by the younger Royals.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “I also wonder if her comment referred to the increasing use of social media by the younger Royals.”

        @Golly Gee – You hit the nail directly on the head!

      • niki says:

        But it’s still a very clear shot at very specific people. Such an uncharacteristically bold statement from a Firm that usually leaks the contents of p[passive aggressive letters Charles and Andrew write back and forth to their mom to complain that their daughters should get to do royal work more.

        I work in the headquarters of a large company, and if one part talked publicly about how they didn’t think another part was going a good job, we’d go through the roof.

      • Sofia says:

        @niki: Anne has pretty much always been like this. She says what she wants when she wants even if it’s not the advisable or even correct thing to say. Got it from her father

      • Lowrider says:

        “I work in the headquarters of a large company, and if one part talked publicly about how they didn’t think another part was going a good job, we’d go through the roof.”

        There is ZERO leadership in that institution.

    • minx says:

      She’s definitely shading them.

  17. starcreactor says:

    I don’t really know who she is and I didn’t read her interview but I came here to say….. that thumbnail photo and that cover image is freaking gorgeous

  18. February Pisces says:

    I think Anne’s most popular peak as a royal was probably the 70s when she was the only young female around, before Diana came on the scene and literally changed everything. I think Anne probably still thinks they should revert back to those days, and royals shouldn’t be empathetic, talking about feelings and hugging members of the public. She’s a hard worker, but hasn’t evolved at all with the job, she turns up, does what she has to do then leaves, no warmth, no hugs etc. I think even Charles evolved more than Anne over the years and seem more light hearted now than he did when he was younger. I don’t think she was singling out any of the younger royals in particular, she probably can’t be bothered with the lot of them.

    • Aria says:

      Agree what you said. Also there was an article about anne how she dislike diana because she was hands on mother to her children.

  19. notasugarhere says:

    One guy nominated her for the Nobel, not Save the Children or a co-ordinated effort. It was laughed off at the time as more than a long long shot.

  20. MA says:

    It’s so sad that they didn’t use a current photo of her and really bizarre.

    Also yeah so frugal in one of the most opulent estates among the royals.

    • Lowrider says:

      The RF needs to sell the institution. A current photo of Anne would repulse the audience…

    • PrincessK says:

      Yes, l noticed that, l wonder if the magazine had she agreed that a current photo be used? It is all about sales. Such a pity that we all love ‘beauty’.

  21. Lizzie says:

    I always thought I liked her until now. She doesn’t sound like a dinosaur, she actually sounds stupid and arrogant. Does she even know what an engineer is? Doubtful if she thinks they do not try to reinvent things all of the time. She finds herself quite perfect and has no time or awareness for anything else.
    Credit for being a hard worker, but I think she started self isolating around 1970 to be this clueless.

  22. Catherine says:

    Princess Anne is the OG and I love her. The shade for “younger royals” was at all of them, imo, York sisters too. And the REAL SHADE was on her brother “my retirement won’t quite be the same …….. as others” (I’m misquoting but it was along those lines).

    She very loyal to her parents, and it’s lovely. But I had a baby Monday so…hard to fully think straight. But, liked the piece. And I love 1970’s Anne. When I turn 70, please use my hot young photos too.

  23. bluemoonhorse says:

    Out of touch. No comments about how her dogs attack people?

  24. Chaine says:

    I’m sure she meant well, but the comment about solving the issue of chaotic home life by sending children to boarding school reflects a very sad point of view.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Chaine – I understand where you are coming from;

      Solutions to chaotic home life vary from situation to situation but I have no doubt that boarding school was the best option in some cases.

    • Jumpingthesnark says:

      Was her comment about how she thrives on boarding school and then how she said that boarding school can be good for children by getting them out of “chaotic home environments” a subtle dig at Liz and Phil? Trolling Mom and Dad? And that just….. isn’t done by them. So she herself is reinventing the wheel, literally at the same time as she is reinventing the wheel.
      Of course, what she is really saying is That the right thing to do is not to challenge the BRF on any level at all. She and the rest of them are not smart enough to realize that this is exactly the kind of thinking that will sink the BRF, likely after Chuck.
      Adapt or become extinct, BRF.

  25. Beach Dreams says:

    LOL. Anne is so full of shit. Yes, don’t do things differently because that might actually drag the RF into the 21st century and make them prove what measly worth they have! I don’t know whether she’s targeting one/two specific couples or just speaking to the younger royals in general, but regardless it’s still an idiotic stance IMO. Yes, your way of doing things might have been working up to this point, but it won’t be that way forever. Especially since royalists tend to skew older and the younger generations are increasingly wondering what the purpose of the royals even is. You HAVE to change *something* to prove your worth (whatever that is) and justify your privileged situation. Either way, the RF is in trouble once Elizabeth passes.

  26. L4frimaire says:

    I’ll check this article out later but is this the most relevant person to put on the cover for a US publication right now?This seems more Town and Country or a horse magazine thing. I just have to say Vanity a Fair just annoys me. They never ever put a woman over 40 ( or who “ looks” over 40)on the cover, except for Caitlin Jenner , so they put a 30 yo photo out. Also, what does she mean exactly by the “ tried and true” way of doing things. More explanation needed there. I didn’t necessarily see this directed at the Sussexes specifically because something about her personality makes me think they just don’t register to her, and I don’t mean that in a nice way for Anne. This is so blatant to push the rest of the Royals on the US media market. All this just for turning 70? They should have done a cover on E. Warren if they wanted to talk about a relevant older woman

  27. Lowrider says:

    Anne is a real kook. She creeps me out especially when she’s parading around in her military uniform and her war medal.

    I also do not trust anyone who doesn’t want to move forward and get with times. People who romanticize the good ole days are usually ignorant or at worst racist.

  28. yinyang says:

    Younger royals are reinventing the wheel because they know they are unnessessary, and are trying to look relevant, back in her day people would fawn over her just because she’s royal, but today we realize they are over priced with no actual purpose.

  29. Alexandria says:

    Nah she’s showing her extreme privilege here. She’s supposedly outspoken and is the ‘rebel’ in her family only because she’s royalty so society leaves her alone. She’s not the heir and Philip dotes on her, so her family leave her alone and know better than to provoke her. She doesn’t need feminism because she never had to stuggle in the real workplace but it doesn’t hurt to be a feminist, it’s not about being political anymore. I appreciate she does bread and butter events but she doesn’t have to diss new ways of doing things. Both can complement each other. The UK is even more diverse than 50 years ago and the BRF need to stay relevant and keep up. But hey…she thinks she’s better than that and above that. The Queen is the same, still cocooned and adamant her ways are right. Still thinks taking a ride with Andrew is good PR. But nobody in that family, including Anne, stood up for racism because they couldn’t recognise it. Would it harm them if they did? No it wouldn’t. Could they stop their staff from leaking? Yes but they didn’t. But they can release a statement about wiglets.

    I do enjoy her fashion.

  30. Redheadwriter says:

    Just saying everyone should watch The Windors on Netflix. You can feel the cold draft when Anne enters a room.

    • Prairiegirl says:

      LOLOL, I love how the Anne character pops in and out of rooms like a vampire bat or apparition! 😛

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Redheadwriter – Did you mean “The Windsors” or “The Crown” on Netflix?

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        “The Windors” on Netflix (also, I think, Ch 4 in Britain?) is a campy spoof on the BRF, and the actors are perfection! I HATE there are only about 6 shows per “season”… they should have a new one out every day, like a soap opera! It is hysterical! Definitely check it out BTB, you’ll love it!

        Here’s the trailer for the “new” season 3:

    • Harper says:

      Anne is positively terrifying on The Windsors. My favorite episode is the Christmas one where she orders Kate to do all the cooking. I too wish there were more episodes!

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s a great show! The episode where Kate was replaced by a robot and Meghan couldn’t tell was hilarious.

  31. Awkward symphony says:

    lol the most problematic one is suddenly trying to play saint! This one has countless affairs, a police record and a long dodgy history but wants to play as if she has not broken any “rules”!!! What a messed up family

    • Guest says:

      Saint? NAh that’s the “younger” generation – all heading towards their old 40s – who think they deserve praise, fawning and adulation over their so called “good works.” It’s terribly funny because people in my generation do far more for charitable activism, humanitarianism and philanthropy than all the “young” royals put together. Somehow, someway, these PR people think we should be “inspired” by royals lool. The only people who look up to royals, fawn over everything they do ( however small) ,think they are saints and think royal couples are special, are the older women who haven’t accomplished much in their lives, so I guess it’s fantasy life for them, which is so sad. Thank goodness I have elegant, feminist role models in my everyday life that I and other girls like me don’t feel the need to live through the Duchesses.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yet here you are, hiding under generic ‘guest’ to make sideswipes at the posters on here. Trolls are not welcome here.

  32. Other Renee says:

    She really was beautiful in a unique way. I think she is shading all 4 of them: Harry, Meghan, Kate & Wills for not getting along and for dragging that into the public arena. I’m not saying that I agree with her, but I think she thinks that personal differences should never get in the way with cutting ribbons, dedicating schools, working on behalf of one’s patronages in whatever way she is used to.

  33. Lisabella says:

    She’s Philip’s favorite and I can understand why. IMO she’s more of a leader than all her brothers put together.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Lady Colin Campbell describes Prince Anne as “Prince Philip in Skirts”

    • notasugarhere says:

      Edward is Philip’s fav. Anne is the only daughter and too much like Philip, but Edward is his fav and closest child. Queen’s is Andrew, Philip’s is Edward.

  34. Coco says:

    Wheels are necessary for modern society to function. The British monarchy isn’t.

  35. Jana says:

    I think it’s way past time to reinvent the wheel where the Royal Family is concerned..the old school way sure as hell hasn’t worked~that family has more than its fair share of perversion, pain and mommy and daddy issues!

    • L4frimaire says:

      That really is a bloated institution. Too many of them riding the Queens coattails. They all should have been cut loose 2 generations ago. All the kids not the direct heirs and all the creaky cousins. They all have enough wealth, trust funds, and connections, and should have been earning their own keep.

  36. AGreatDane says:

    Princess Anne is almost 70 and it still hasn’t registered to her that the reason she can be a “rebel” is because she’s the Princess Royal. Also, I think all the younger royals probably annoy her equally, although she always gravitated toward Meghan at events, probably because Princess Anne likes hard workers and Meghan is very much that. I remember a reporter asking her about Louis’ baptism and she said she didn’t know or care anything about it. Someone like Kate probably irritates her.

  37. Hello says:

    The first thought that popped into my mind re reinvent the wheel was Keen Kate’s survey

  38. TheMummy says:

    She’s really grown on me and I honestly kind of love her. She was actually quite beautiful when she was young. She has a real presence in her younger photos. And aside from the snob talk or any of that, she does know exactly who she is (Not as in a princess, but she is quite sure on WHO she is as a person) and what she’s about. She doesn’t seem to give a fig what anyone thinks of her. I can respect that.

    And yes: privilege, snootiness, removed from reality, stuck in her ways, yadda yadda. All true. But all expected. Anyone who is “Princess So and So” is raised that way. It is what it is. My comment exists alongside all the other stuff. She can be all of those things are the same time.

  39. June says:

    I have read that VF article as Anne is my favorite. I especially enjoyed her when she was young riding in events. I like her work ethic. Of course, she and husband might be sailing up the coast with this virus.