Princess Anne ‘has great influence on the Queen’ – expert on ‘underrated’ royal

Princess Anne: Expert says royal once 'hid in a horse box'

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Princess Anne has been highly praised by a royal author who highlighted the close bond between the 70-year-old royal and the Queen. Clive Irving, author of The Last Queen: How Queen Elizabeth II Saved The Monarchy, told “Princess Anne, I think, is one of the most quietly effective and influential members of the Royal Family.

“She has a great deal of influence on her mother and her mother has a great deal of influence on her.

“They have always been very close.”

Princess Anne and the Queen share the same strict sense of duty and service.

But they are also brought together by a life-long passion for horses and horse racing, with the mother and daughter often seen together cheering at Royal Ascot and on other racecourses.

The Princess Royal dived into royal work as soon as she turned 18, when she opened an educational and training centre in Shropshire.

Ever since, Princess Anne took on a significative amount of duties and created a strong relationship with her growing number of patronages.

In 1970, Anne became the president of Save the Children, with which she has travelled in several countries to visit local missions. 

As its head, she also raised awareness on the needs of children worldwide and in the UK and, during the first national lockdown, Anne took part in the Save With Stories initiative to support a fund helping families hit the most by the pandemic.

Mr Irving added: “Her second marriage has been a great success, she is very well rooted in marriage.

“She is very, very hard-working – even in the year of the pandemic she was still doing more than anybody else.

“As Princess Royal, she is a very devoted patron to a lot of her associations.

“My word for her would be that she is very, very grounded compared to her three brothers.

“She is very underrated, I think, and she has done a lot of good work.”

Princess Anne has repeatedly been among the hardest working members of the Royal Family for the numbers of day worked in a year and the engagements carried out.

In 2020, despite the ongoing pandemic and the two national lockdowns, Princess Anne spent 145 days carrying out public duties.

The Princess Royal holds more than 300 patronages, including 15 military ones.

Following Megxit, she has been tipped to be in line to become the next Captain-General of the Royal Marines, a title the Duke of Sussex was asked to relinquish.

However, the Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer recently highlighted the huge workload already weighting on the Princess Royal’s shoulders.

Considering who could take on more work after Meghan and Prince Harry’s were asked by the Queen to return their royal patronages, he wrote on Twitter: “With no brother to help shoulder the burden of responsibilities, William is going to have a good deal on his plate.

“But how many extra responsibilities will Anne want to take on and for how long?

“For some in the forces, it’s a more important question than it might seem at first sight.

“When wounded troops came home from Afghanistan and Iraq, they were often happier to see members of the Royal Family visiting them in hospital than the politicians who had sent them there.”

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