Princess Anne ‘still has no memory of exactly what happened’ with her head injury

I was surprised by the interest in yesterday’s story about Princess Anne – my tweet about Anne blew up. In June, Anne was injured in some kind of incident at her estate and we have not seen her since. She was hospitalized for five days and she has what sounds like very significant head injuries and a severe concussion. Buckingham Palace has downplayed Anne’s injuries from the start, and in recent days, they’ve quietly deleted some of Anne’s scheduled events, although she is still due to travel to Scotland next week. Well, the Daily Beast has an exclusive update and it definitely sounds like Anne is still suffering from a concussion. It also sounds like Anne’s schedule is going to be largely curtailed for months. Prince William catches a stray in this piece too.

Anne’s schedule next week: Anne’s first post-accident engagement is due to take place next week, when she is scheduled to visit a remote Scottish location as part of her patronage of a lighthouse conservation organization. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the visit, which is in the princess’ official diary, saying that updates would be issued in due course.

Anne has no memory of the accident: The friend said: “It was a freak accident and she still has no memory of exactly what happened. Her family of course were deeply shaken by it at the time, but when you own horses these things happen, and it seems it is a case of all’s well that ends well.”

Anne has been resting: Asked about her family’s attitude to Anne’s mooted return to work next week, the fellow horse-owner said: “She has been resting which won’t suit her. Anyone who knows her knows she will be itching to get back in the saddle, literally and figuratively. Her family know how much her work means to her. Nobody would bother telling her to slow down as she would probably tell them to ‘Naff off!’”

Zara’s concerns: Her daughter, Zara, who is married to former rugby player Mike Tindall, is said to have seen the accident as “a huge wake-up call” for the family. “This is exactly what Zara’s been worried about happening for years now, but her mom hasn’t had a chance to slow down with everyone else falling apart,” a source told OK! magazine, referring to the catalog of chaos that has hit the royals in recent months, with both King Charles and the Princess of Wales struck with cancer less than a year after Charles’ coronation.

The palace doesn’t order Anne around: However a former royal staffer who worked with all the principal royals including Anne during their tenure at the palace said: “That’s not entirely accurate. Anne does an incredible job but she does it because she wants to. Nobody is putting pressure on her to fly thousands of miles in a helicopter every week. William has made it very clear that is not how he is going to do things. He knows the future of the royal family is fewer, high impact, highly visible events. Anne is 73, so you don’t need a crystal ball to see she will have to start doing less at some point. That plan is in place. In some ways the past few weeks have been an unanticipated dry run for the future. The monarchy didn’t grind to a halt without her.”

[From The Daily Beast]

“The monarchy didn’t grind to a halt without her” – while this is accurate, the palace is also grateful that this happened at the tailend of their “busy season” and that there are fewer expectations to see the Windsors in July and August. I’ll be honest – while Anne is always out and about in normal times, her visits rarely get any coverage in the UK or internationally. So the perception was that Anne was always off somewhere, working without much attention. Now the perception is: Anne is recuperating so no one is doing those bread-and-butter appearances.

As for this: “William has made it very clear that is not how he is going to do things. He knows the future of the royal family is fewer, high impact, highly visible events.” More like: Prince William has made it very clear that he’s not going to do things. They’re phasing in the “expect to see less of us” monarchy.

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25 Responses to “Princess Anne ‘still has no memory of exactly what happened’ with her head injury”

  1. Hypocrisy says:

    Peggy is telling everyone he is going to sit on his bum and collect that income and thats all folk.. as for Ann, I truly don’t expect her back full time ever and probably not before autumn with a “reduced” schedule. (Because we know they will twist themselves in knots to not say she will be a “Part time” working Royal)

    • Tina says:

      And the media will not criticize him or call him to account at all. I find that completely wild. Would love a dishy behind the scenes documentary of how William and his team has pulled this off. I mean I was young back in the day but the media used to criticize Charles right? Its shocking to me that he is going to get away with it all.

      • Hypocrisy says:

        Hopefully they will begin the criticism when they have absolutely nothing to report on, because no one is left and the one that is doesn’t do anything.

  2. equality says:

    “This is exactly what Zara’s been worried about happening for years now, but her mom hasn’t had a chance to slow down with everyone else falling apart.” If this was just an accident while she was taking a walk what has it got to do with not slowing down? This makes it seem like it is something else. And “the monarchy didn’t grind to a halt without her” same as the country wouldn’t “grind to a halt” without any of them cutting ribbons. I’m sure there are many famous “commoners” capable of holding a pair of giant scissors.

  3. ML says:

    Nobody spends days in a hospital for a mild concussion, so this is unfortunately not surprising to read. Hopefully, she’ll make a decent if not full recovery , because brain injuries are no joke.

    On a different topic: “ Nobody is putting pressure on her to fly thousands of miles in a helicopter every week. ”
    Hmm, who would be putting in helicopter miles every week? And if it were someone like William who doesn’t seem to work much, why is he doing this? Is there anyone else in the royal family who flies by helicopter much?

    • Jais says:

      It was an interesting detail to include. Almost like, hey see, Anne takes helicopters all the time too. Is he trying to say if Anne does less then she won’t need to ride in helicopters so much. Another fringe benefit of the slimmed-down, aka the do-less monarchy.

      • Blujfly says:

        That’s exactly what that comment was intended to do. The issue is that whether they’re “working” or not William, Kate, and Anne seem to travel by helicopter incessantly. The Queen changed the reporting rules on travel so the domestic use of helicopters is essentially not distinguishable from the whole travel budget and also got Scotland Yard to claim that the wales’ travel plans must be private for security reasons.

      • equality says:

        Anne doesn’t claim to be an environmentalist though, does she?

      • Jais says:

        No that I know of but that won’t stop William from pointing out that Anne uses helicopters too.

  4. Brassy Rebel says:

    “They’re phasing in the ‘expect to see less of us’ monarchy”. Good. They’re not needed. And Anne has earned a rest even if she doesn’t want to.

    • Lau says:

      I wonder how she’ll react when he tell her that. Perhaps she’ll laugh in his face.
      I don’t think she’s “earned” a rest per say because let’s face it royal work is pretty light. Travelling abroad and being payed to do so when so many normal people have never even taken a plane in their life shouldn’t be considered as work.

  5. sevenblue says:

    I guess, watching a football game is considered “high impact, highly visible event”. Are the taxpayers really gonna be happy about paying rich people millions each year, so they can go to movie premiers, football games, walk around in capes?

    • Betsy says:

      That’s the thing that struck me too, that and the helicopter line. Jesus, William. Your job is not that hard, get out there and “wield that handbag” like your granny used to. Watching your favorite sport isn’t a job, at least not yours.

  6. Blujfly says:

    I mean… the monarchy absolutely has “grinded to a halt.” No major projects, no major initiatives, no plans for long lasting relationships, very few public appearances and very few photo opportunities. The media has almost nothing to write about. The BRF has prided itself on “escaping” the fare of the Scandinavian and other monarchies. It accomplished that largely by “meeting” regular and giving the press busy work. If William wants a bicycling monarchy than he needs to also give up the budget.

  7. Hypocrisy says:

    Still find it darkly hilarious that they rejected “Part time Royals” like it was something horrifying and unforgivable to ask for or even suggest and now look at them, there isn’t a single “full time Royal” left standing, they don’t even show up enough to qualify for “part time” status. I wonder who will be next?

    • JT says:

      This right here. The concept of a full time royal no longer exists and likely won’t ever be a thing from now on. Charles is approaching 80s with cancer, Camila is nearing her 80s and is lazy. Kate will only work if the events gives her joy and William will be the WFH king. Royal “work” has always been a joke but it is even more of a joke now. All of the health issues going around proves that all of the work they do is irrelevant and they will be diminished sooner rather than later.

    • Christine says:

      Yep, this part.

    • bisynaptic says:

      “I don’t work, very often, but, when I do, it’s on the taxpayer’s dime.” 😄
      — Full-time royal.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    Anne works on average of 60 days a year. With a schedule like that I can see why she would be eager to continue working.

  9. JEP says:

    I just want to know where William was when the incident occurred.

  10. Charlotte says:

    Of course she doesn’t remember it! It was a head injury … My mother had a brain bleed in her late 60s that nearly killed her. She found out like 6 months later that a friend was upset Mom had never called to thank her for coming to the rehab center so often while she was recovering. “I had no idea!” Mom said. “I don’t remember anything until about 2 weeks after I got out!”

    She’s also a horse person, so this is very much not her first concussion. She’s an older woman, she’s a royal, of course they kept her in for longer than they’d keep a normie.

    (All the rest of it is just royals eating their own, as usual).

  11. Alex Can says:

    “The monarchy didn’t grind to a halt without her.” Yeah it couldn’t, that’s not how it would happen. What I believe will happen is that with regular people coming into less contact with royals, the support for monarchy will slowly start to fall until there’s a sudden crisis of confidence and support. Then the monarchy will be in big trouble.

    • Unblinkered says:

      If W&K, pre or post official separation, choose to do less work then their income must be adjusted downwards accordingly. And with immediate effect.

      The nett saving can be donated to W’s campaign to end homelessness, and KM’s campaign for Early Years.

  12. Christine says:

    Except those campaigns don’t exist, not in any meaningful way.

  13. bisynaptic says:

    “The monarchy didn’t grind to a halt without her” .
    Also: can anything “grind to a halt” if it’s not going, anywhere, to begin with?

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