Today, former heavyweight boxer Ronnie Russell, who once saved Anne from kidnapping, is selling his George Medal. In 1974, Mr Russell punched gunman Ian Ball in the head as he tried to abduct the Princess Royal on The Mall. He was awarded the George Medal for his bravery, but is now selling it to pay for his own funeral, which he fears is imminent.
Anne was incredibly grateful to the former bodyguard, but had a much worse relationship with certain members of her own family.
In the Eighties, the new Princess of Wales took the world by storm and suddenly the Princess Royal was “old news”.
She is said to have resented Diana – and her other sister in-law Sarah Ferguson, affectionately nicknamed Fergie – and saw them as “lessening the stature” of the Royal Family.
Speaking to 2002 Channel 4 documentary ‘The Real Princess Anne’, Daily Express royal photographer Steve Wood, who worked with the royals for years, reflected on this.
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Princess Anne was "extremely annoyed" with Diana (Image: GETTY)
Princess Anne, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother (Image: GETTY)
He said: “She was extremely annoyed when Diana became centre of stage and then Fergie became centre stage for a while.
“She said about them behind their backs several times – 'those girls',” the last phrase said sneeringly.”
Mr Wood added: “She viewed them both as lessening the stature of the Royal Family.
“Too much tabloid for her.”
Princess Diana and Fergie was "too tabloid" for Anne (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana started doing charity work with the Red Cross and inevitably