Princess Anne has said the Queen did 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.
The 72-year-old Princess Royal spoke to ITV News Royal editor Chris Ship about her mother’s seventy-year reign in a discussion that first aired today.
As well as sharing her approval for the way the Queen handled Diana’s death in 1997, Anne also praised her parents’ 73 years of marriage, saying their ‘partnership was really important’ .
The Queen has faced criticism after she decided to stay with her family at the Scottish estate, while the public mourning broke out in London following Diana’s fatal car accident in Paris.
However, in interviewing Anne that same year, the former senior courtier, Sir Malcolm Ross, who was in charge of organizing Diana’s funeral, described how the monarch felt that her priority was with her grandson in Scotland and that he and her The employees were both ‘hurt’. On the rise of sentiment against them.
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Princess Anne has said the Queen did the ‘perfect thing’ by staying at Balmoral with Princes William and Harry in the days following Princess Diana’s death in an unseen interview from 2017 (pictured).
Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, the Queen and Peter Phillips look at the wreath left for Princess Diana at the gates of Balmoral on September 5, 1997
The Princess Royal said: ‘I think my mother did the right thing. I think it’s absolutely extraordinary that any right-minded parent should believe… [there] An option would have been to bring those kids here to London.
‘I don’t know how you can think it would have been better to do that.’
Diana died when William and Harry were 15 and 12, respectively. Asked if it was a matter of the Queen putting her grandchildren first, the Princess Royal replied: ‘Absolutely.’
Anne claimed, ‘I don’t think either of them would have been able to cope if they were somewhere else.
He said: ‘The only good thing was that they were there, and they had that structure, there were people around them who could understand, give them time.’
Even Diana’s own sister, Lady Sarah McCorquadale, has previously said she supported the monarch’s decision.
Vice Admiral Timothy Lawrence, Duke of York, Princess Royal, Countess of Wessex and Earl of Wessex wait for the Queen’s coffin at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
The Countess of Wessex was pictured today resting Princess Anne as members of the royal family watched the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II rest overnight at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
In a poignant gesture, respect for the emperor was still seen, with royal women cursing and men bowing their heads.
‘If you were the grandmother of a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old whose mother had just died in a car accident, she did the right thing.
‘If I were her, I would do this. Why would you bring them to London? Why don’t you let them recover from the onset of shock in the arms of their own family?’ She told the BBC One documentary Diana, 7 Days.
Sir Malcolm said that it was the sovereign who decided that his former daughter-in-law would be honored at the royal funeral.
Meanwhile, in a 2017 interview, Anne also referred to her parents’ marriage as a ‘partnership’, explaining that the pair had ‘used each other’s strengths and skills’ during their seven-decade marriage. Complementary’.
In a speech on their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the monarch said Prince Philip was ‘quite simply my strength and has been all these years’.
Sophie (57), the wife of Prince Edward, 58, the Queen’s youngest son, was seen placing her hand on the back of the Princess Royal in a helpful gesture after the coffin’s visit from Balmoral to the Scottish town.
The Duke of York, Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
Yesterday, Princess Anne and Sophie (today’s picture center) both had tears in their eyes as they paid floral tributes to the Queen left at Balmoral along with other members of the Royal Family
Today, Anne was pictured being comforted by the Countess of Wessex as members of the royal family watched the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II rest overnight in the palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Following the coffin’s visit from Balmoral to the Scottish town, the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, 57, 58, was seen placing a hand on the Princess Royal’s back in a helpful gesture.
The Queen’s children and her husband – the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex – watch as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carry the coffin to the palace.
In a poignant moment, respect for the emperor was still seen, with royal women cursing and men bowing their heads.
Her Majesty did not travel alone during her 180-mile journey, with Anne and her husband directly behind her in a limousine as part of a procession.
The Queen will stay at the palace overnight before being transferred to St Giles’ Cathedral tomorrow afternoon – where a large crowd had previously gathered to watch the afternoon’s announcement of King Charles as head of state.
Yesterday, Princess Anne and Sophie both had tears in their eyes as they, along with other members of the royal family, paid floral tributes to the Queen left at Balmoral.
Meanwhile, Scottish mourners flocked in thousands to pay tribute to Her Majesty by lining the path of her coffin procession as she left Balmoral for the last time.
Silent, gloomy and respectful well-wishers gathered near country roads, bridges and village and city centres, to say goodbye to a woman who had never been more at home in Scotland than ever before.