Princess Anne makes first appearance since damning TV interview

Princess Anne: Charles won’t change as King

Princess Anne has made her first public appearance since she dismissed King Charles’s plans for a more streamlined monarchy during an interview with Canadian broadcaster CBC. The Princess Royal visited the Wellington Barracks in central London as part of her role as Colonel of The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) today, and sat for a photo with Officers and senior Non-Commissioned Officers of The Household Division.

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In a rare interview with CBC News, broadcast on Monday night, Anne sat down to discuss plans for the monarchy’s future, with the King keen to trim the number of working royals and offer fewer privileges to members of the family lower down in the line of succession.

The princess said the decision was made by Charles when there were “a few more people around”, possibly hinting at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down from royal duties, as well as Prince Andrew stepping back from public life.

She told interviewer Adrienne Arsenault: “Well, I think the ‘slimmed down’ was said in a day when there were a few more people around. It doesn’t sound like a good idea from where I’m standing, I would say. I’m not quite sure what else we can do.”

Ahead of the Coronation on May 6 Anne also defended the role of the monarchy in modern life.


She said: “There will be [conversations about relevance] everywhere. It’s not a conversation that I would necessarily have.

“It’s perfectly true that there is a moment when you need to have that discussion but I would just underline that the monarchy provides, with the constitution, a degree of long-term stability that is actually quite hard to come by in any other way.

“I rather hope that sometimes what we can do is just to underline the goodness and the fact that there are an awful lot of people out there who really do understand about the way they behave towards each other is important and that the monarchy provides an element of a focus to that level of service and encourages that in the long term.”


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