Princess Anne reveals she has ‘no regrets’ over ‘breaking’ from important royal tradition

Princess Anne has stunned royal fans with a revealing Vanity Fair interview in which she opened up about her lifetime as a royal. The Queen’s only daughter, who is famed for her hard work and “loyalty to the monarchy”, revealed she had “broken from tradition”. Access Hollywood spoke about why the Princess Royal chose to do this for her children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.

They told viewers: “Despite her lifetime of loyalty to the monarchy, Anne has broken from tradition in at least one major way.

“Her children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, were not given royal titles at birth.

“Anne noted that she has no regrets about Zara and Peter’s on-paper standing in the family.

“She believes they’re actually better off.”

The Princess told Vanity Fair: “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.”

Her nephew Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, followed a similar path.

The now ex-senior royals declined bestowing their son Archie with a title.

Anne also revealed a personal trait of hers that puts her in a “similar camp” to her older brother Prince Charles.

ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship and Producer Lizzie Robinson discussed the “major similarity” on their Royal Rota podcast.

Mr Ship told listeners: “There was one major similarity with her older brother Prince Charles which is their love of recycling outfits and clothing.”

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He continued: “She has some outfits that she has worn in the 1980s and she still wears now.

“In terms of on the being outside and also re-wearing your clothes puts her in a very similar camp to her brother. They were clearly taught that in an early age.”

Ms Robinson added: “She’s well known for recycling and she says maybe it’s just because she’s tight, but also she does see the benefits and enjoys being able to recycle.

“She also refers it to herself as a dinosaur when she was talking about why young people need to go on screens when there’s so much to see outside.

“I loved it when she said that she describes herself as ‘the boring fuddy-duddy at the back saying ‘don’t forget the basics”.”

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