Prince ‘just call me Harry’ clearly likes to think he’s one of the ordinary people these days.
But there’s one member of the Royal Family who could teach him a thing or two about what rubbing shoulders with the masses really means.
While Harry enjoyed the comforts of an entire first-class train carriage when he travelled from an appearance in Edinburgh to London last week, Princess Anne was quite happy to brave the crowds on the London Underground when she needed to reach an appointment.
Duty calls: Princess Anne speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design presentation, which she travelled to on the Tube during London fashion Week
Prince Harry pictured arriving at Waverley Station after attending a Travalyst event on February 26 in Edinburgh, Scotland
I’m told that she jumped on the Tube at Green Park, not far from her official London residence at St James’s Palace, and took a simple 15-minute journey to St Paul’s before heading for a London fashion Week event nearby.
The Princess Royal, 69, whizzed through the station barriers like a regular, causing no fuss as Londoners went about their daily business.
She was spotted by an incredulous but eagle-eyed member of Transport for London staff, who said: ‘She came through with another older woman and her security. We weren’t expecting any royalty. Hardly anybody seemed to notice them.’
At 69, Princess Anne qualifies for a Freedom Pass which grants the over-65s free travel throughout London. And while most people her age are enjoying retirement, she has never shirked her duties.
So the Tube-riding Princess made the most of her trip to the City by making sure she completed two diary dates.
Her first was the fashion event at St Etheldreda’s Church, where she presented The Queen Elizabeth II Award for