Princess Anne Just Revealed What She Thinks About Megxit
Though she is often overlooked in the media, Princess Anne, the second-born child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip has been one of the most steadfast and loyal members of the British royal family. Though she was skipped over by her younger brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward in the line of succession, she has always been dedicated to her family.
Still, while many royals have sought to have a specific image in the media and press, Princess Anne has always done things her own way. She is a world-renowned equestrian who competed at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. In 1992, she left her ex-husband and married a younger man. Also, when the Princess Royal was a teen, she was nearly kidnapped. However, she fought off her attacker without any help.
With so much strife happening in the royal family amid Megixt and reported tensions between Prince Harry and Prince William, the senior royal is revealing what she really thinks of everything.
The younger British royals have tried to modernize the institution
The British royal family is a very old institution steeped in tradition. Since things have been done in one particular way for so long, newcomers, namely Meghan, Duchess of Sussex found it extremely challenging to adapt.
“The staff less enamored of the very qualities that made her irresistible to the press: her showbiz lustre, self-confidence, and feminist habits of assertion,” royal expert Camilla Tominey expressed to The New Yorker. “I’ve put it down to a clash of cultures, in the sense that she had come from the celebrity world, which is very fast-paced and quite demanding. The royal world is very different—it’s much slower-paced, and hugely hierarchical. In the royal world, it’s ‘What should we do next?’ ‘Well, what did we do last time?’ Therefore, for Harry and Meghan to be making demands, there was a bit of below-stairs chatter, particularly with the Duchess, that was ‘Well, hang on a minute, who do you think you are?’”
Though they’ve had their own difficulties in the past in the spotlight, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seem to have found their stride within the royal family.
Princess Anne has a very specific approach to royal
Despite her own past flubs, Princess Anne has remained a respected and beloved member of the British royal family because of her approach to royal life.
“Unlike many others in the family, [Princess Anne’s] never gone in for image-building with the media, so there’s been no facade to crumble away,” the narrator says in the Channel 4 documentary, The Real Princess Anne. “It’s one area in which she’s perhaps content to be outclassed by her rivals. [Anne’s] had her share of indiscretions, but she’s handled them discreetly and with dignity. For much of her life, she’s been eclipsed by her older brother, but the more daunting the burden on the House of Windsor, the more the black sheep of the family has come into her own.”
Many royal experts believe the Sussexes could have modeled their approach after their aunt.
Princess Anne may have just reacted to Megxit
Until now, Princess Anne has remained quiet about Megxit and the other various dramas that have swirled around the royal family in recent months. Now, she’s voicing her opinion.
“I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles,” she told Vanity Fair. “So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”
However, the princess did have a word of advice for the younger royals. “Don’t forget the basics,” she explained to Vanity Fair. “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.’”