PUBLISHED: 13:17, Wed, Sep 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:17, Wed, Sep 16, 2020
The Princess Royal said that the younger generation should not try to “reinvent the wheel” and change the Royal Family's tried and tested approach when it comes to philanthropy. She described herself as the “boring old fuddy-duddy at the back saying, ‘Don’t forget the basics’”. One royal commentator has claimed this may be a pointed reference to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are the people who have made the biggest change from the status quo.
The couple stepped down as senior royals at the end of March and are in the process of setting up their own non-profit named Archwell.
Meanwhile, Anne is a very experienced working royal, having now been working in the role full time for over 50 years.
She is the patron of over 200 organisations and still regularly comes out on top as carrying out the most number of engagements each year, despite now standing at 70 years old.
She told Vanity Fair ahead of her birthday this year: “I don’t think the younger generation probably understands what I was doing in the past and it’s often true, isn’t it?
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Princess Anne made a (Image: John Swannell / Camera Press and GETTY)
Princess Anne has been a full-time royal for 52 years (Image: GETTY)
“You don’t necessarily look at the previous generation and say, ‘Oh you did that?’ or ‘You went there?’
“Nowadays, they’re much more looking for, ‘Oh let’s do it in a new way.’
“And I’m already at the stage, ‘Please do not reinvent that particular wheel. We’ve been there, done that. Some of these things don’t work. You may need to go back to basics.’”
Indeed, Anne has been working as a royal for so long she has seen other characters rise and fall and witnessed all the royal pitfalls, including Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew and even her own divorce from Captain Mark Phillips.
Princess Anne reportedly disagreed with how Diana and Fergie conducted themselves (Image: GETTY)
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