Princess Anne said the Queen did exactly the right thing by staying at Balmoral with Princes William and Harry in the days following Princess Diana’s death in an unseen interview from 2017.
Princess Royal, 72, spoke to ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship About her mother’s 70th ruling in a debate that was first broadcast today.
In addition to sharing her approval of the way the Queen handled Diana’s death in 1997, Anne also paid tribute to her parents’ 73-year marriage, saying their ‘partnership was really important’.
The Queen faced criticism after she decided to stay in her Scottish home with her family while there was an outpouring of public grief in London after Diana’s fatal car crash in Paris.
However, in the same year that Anne was interviewed, Sir Malcolm Ross, a former courtier who was in charge of organizing Diana’s funeral, told how the Queen felt her priority lay with her grandchildren in Scotland, that she and her staff had been “hurt” “. Feeling escalated against them.
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Princess Anne said the Queen did ‘just the right thing’ (pictured) by staying at Balmoral with Princes William and Harry in the days following Princess Diana’s death in an unseen interview from 2017.
Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, The Queen and Peter Phillips stop to look at Princess Diana’s remaining floral salute at the gates of Balmoral on September 5, 1997
‘I think my mother did exactly the right thing,’ said the Royal Princess. I think it is quite unusual for any sane parent to believe… [there] It would have been a substitute for bringing these kids here to London in all this nonsense.
“I just don’t know how you can think that it would be better to do.”
Diana died when William and Harry were 15 and 12 years old, respectively. When asked if the Queen puts her grandchildren first, the Princess replied: “Absolutely.”
“I don’t think either of these two people would have been able to cope if they were anywhere else,” Anne claimed.
“The only good thing that happened was that they were there, and they had this structure, and they had people around them who could understand, and give them time,” she said.
Even Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, has previously said she supports the monarch’s rule.
Vice Admiral Timothy Lawrence, Duke of York, Princess Royal, Countess of Wessex and Earl of Wessex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, awaiting the Queen’s casket
The Countess of Wessex was photographed comforting Princess Anne today as members of the royal family watched the casket of Queen Elizabeth II arrive in Edinburgh to lie in comfort at the Palace of Holyroodhouse through the night
In a touching gesture, respect for the king is still observed, with royal women slashing women and men bowing their heads
If you’re the grandmother of two boys aged 12 and 15 whose mom just died in a car accident, you’ve done exactly the right thing.
If I were her, I would have done it. Why are you bringing them to London? Why not let them get over the onset of shock in the bosom of their family? She told the BBC One documentary Diana, 7 days.
Sir Malcolm added that it was the King who made the decision to honor her former daughter-in-law with a royal funeral.
Meanwhile, in a 2017 interview, Ann also referred to her parents’ marriage as a “partnership,” explaining that the couple “compliment each other’s strengths and skills” throughout their seven-decade marriage.
In a speech on their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the king said Prince Philip was “simply the source of my strength and I have been all these years”.
Sophie, 57, wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 58, was seen putting her hand on the Princess Royal’s back in a supportive gesture after the coffin made the journey from Balmoral to the Scottish city
The Duke of York, Countess of Wessex and Earl of Wessex outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
Yesterday, Princess Anne and Sophie (pictured in the middle of the day) looked tearful as they looked at the Queen’s floral motifs at Balmoral, along with other members of the royal family.
Today, Anne was photographed resting by the Countess of Wessex as members of the royal family watched the casket of Queen Elizabeth II arrive in Edinburgh to lie in comfort at the Palace of Holyroodhouse through the night.
Sophie, 57, wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 58, was seen putting her hand on the Princess Royal’s back in a supportive gesture after the coffin made the journey from Balmoral to the Scottish city.
The Queen’s children and their spouses – the Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, Duke of York, Earl and Countess of Wessex – watched soldiers from the Royal Scottish Regiment carry the coffin to the palace.
In a poignant moment, respect for the king was still being observed, with royal women cutting back and men bowing their heads.
Her Majesty did not travel alone during her 180-mile journey, and Anne and her husband were in a limousine as part of a motorcade right behind her.
The Queen will stay at the palace overnight before being taken to St Giles’ Cathedral tomorrow afternoon – where a large crowd had gathered earlier to watch the midday proclamation of King Charles as head of state.
Yesterday, Princess Anne and Sophie both looked with teary eyes as they looked at the floral tribute to the Queen who left at Balmoral, along with other members of the royal family.
Meanwhile, Scottish mourners paid tribute to Her Majesty by setting the procession route for her coffin by the thousands as she left Balmoral for the last time.
Well-wishers gathered silently, melancholy, and respectfully by country roads and bridges and in towns and towns to bid farewell to a woman who was no more at home than in Scotland.