Princess Anne recounts the toll imposed on Prince Philip before his death

Princess Anne spoke about locking the toll on her father Prince Philip before his death, saying lost conversations would have “kept him interested”.

The Princess Royal revealed her thoughts on how the pandemic has affected her family and others in an interview with Canadian public broadcaster CBC, published just five days before the king’s coronation.

She said the closures deprived her father and other elderly people of social interaction and stimulation, saying the ‘switch online’ was not working for everyone.

“Covid robbed my dad, who lost a lot of people who would have gone to see him and come talk to him and have these conversations that would have kept him interested. He lost everything,” she said.

“I’m sure there are plenty of families who will tell you the same. For the older generation, losing those contacts – online hasn’t done that for everyone”.

Princess Anne said lockdowns deprived her father and other elderly people of social interaction and stimulation

Princess Anne said lockdowns deprived her father and other elderly people of social interaction and stimulation

Anne described the sadness of the photo of her mother alone at her husband's funeral in 2021

Anne described the sadness of the photo of her mother alone at her husband’s funeral in 2021

The Princess Royal also spoke with sadness about the defining image of her grieving single mother at Prince Philip’s funeral, amid pandemic social distancing rules.

When asked if it was a “theft”, she replied: “Yes, you are absolutely right.

“In some ways, I’m glad we didn’t see that then. When you see the photo, it’s much worse in a way”.

She also looked deeply moved as she also described her mother’s coffin on her journey from Balmoral in Scotland to Buckingham Palace following her death last September.

Speaking of the days spent traveling the country during the mourning period, she said: ‘I think we took a lot, partly because we knew the route and I actually spotted people I knew on the road.

“It was such an impressive show and it was more than that because it was really touching in how people reacted and how they did things.

“People took their ponies and horses out, but not only did they take them out, they braided them, they were properly dressed and well dressed.

“They got their tractors out and parked them neatly, they were all clean.

“If you’re from a rural background, I was really impressed, it was just an amazing sight.

“But the number of people who showed up in some pretty amazing places. You will never miss this and the atmosphere it created.

“Leaving Balmoral was never easy, but it never was. I was just as bad when I left as a child, because I didn’t like leaving, [I was happy there].’

Princess Anne today insisted the monarchy is in good hands with King Charles after sitting down for a rare interview ahead of her brother’s coronation

Princess Anne and her father Prince Philip pictured together

Princess Anne and her father Prince Philip pictured together

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

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Anne’s CBC News interview is one of the most extensive conducted by the Royal Family, aside from Harry and Meghan, in recent times.

In the end, when asked if she was worried about the future of the British Royal Family, she answered a resounding ‘no’.

Defending the role of the monarchy in modern times, especially with a new king, she added: “There will be [conversations about relevance] everywhere. It’s not a conversation I would necessarily have.

“It is perfectly true that there is a time when you have to have this discussion, but I would just like to point out that the monarchy offers, with the constitution, a degree of long-term stability which is actually quite difficult to obtain otherwise. ‘

“I rather hope that sometimes what we can do is just point out the kindness and the fact that there are so many people out there who really understand the way they relate to each other is important and that the monarchy provides an element of focus on this level of service and encourages it over the long term.

“It’s not a short-term thing. You are in it for the long haul.

CBC chief correspondent Adrienne Arsenault raised the idea of ​​a lean monarchy and said it was hard to imagine how the 72-year-old princess would have time to take on more work.

Anne replied, “Well, I think the ‘lightened’ (monarchy) was said at a time when there were a few more people around so that seemed like a justifiable comment.”

When told that the world is changing, Anne said, “It’s changing a bit. I mean, it doesn’t seem like a good idea from where I’m standing, I must say. I’m not sure what else we can do, you know.

King Charles III and Princess Anne, Princess Royal, at Windsor Church for Easter.  She says the monarchy is safe in the hands of her brother

King Charles III and Princess Anne, Princess Royal, at Windsor Church for Easter. She says the monarchy is safe in the hands of her brother

The Royal Family has seen many changes in recent years, with the deaths of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to leave the Royal Family and the Duke of York resigning from life. public.

Speaking about the kind of king her brother will be, Anne said: “Well you know what you get because he has been training for a while and I don’t think he will change.

“He is committed to his own level of service. This will remain true.

The princess was told she didn’t seem to care about the health or longevity of the monarchy, and she replied, “I think you’re putting words in my mouth, as they say.”

She said she thought there was ‘a real benefit to this particular arrangement, the constitutional monarchy, and I think it has good long-term benefits’, adding: ‘And that long-term commitment is what the monarchy represents”.

Anne also claimed the British public would know what to expect from the King as he prepares to formalize his position at a much-anticipated ceremony on Saturday.

She added: “He is committed to his own level of service, that will remain true.”

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