New technologies can sometimes be real mysteries … Confined with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic, Elizabeth II nevertheless had to get in touch with her loved ones. But at 94, Her Majesty is not really comfortable on the Internet. And his first steps in videoconferencing were not very easy. Fortunately, the queen was able to count on the support of her daughter, much more familiar with the Zoom site. In a sequence unveiled in the documentary Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, we discover a funny scene between Elizabeth II and Princess Anne. When the monarch took part in her first public video call last month to support caregivers, it was her only daughter who helped her get familiar with this software that she was completely unfamiliar with.
“Can you see everyone? You should have six people on your screen,” Princess Anne is heard asking Elizabeth II, who could only see four at the time. “You don’t actually need me. You know what I look like!” Her daughter then joked. Despite a few hiccups, Her Majesty’s first video call went well. On June 4, Elizabeth II was able to chat with her daughter as well as with carers from Carers Trust, an association created by Princess Anne to support people who care for their loved ones. According to the BBC, the British Queen participated in this call for twenty minutes during which she explained that she found their testimonies “interesting”, but also that she was “impressed” by their dedication. She congratulated them for their “extraordinary work” with their families: “I am very happy to have been able to join you today”.
NEW: A first look behind the scenes of those royal video calls Watch how Princess Anne tried to teach her elderly mother about @zoom_us. But her elderly mother is, err, the Queen. A great clip from tomorrow’s documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’ on @itv 9pm pic.twitter.com/duHzozH2x5
– Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) July 28, 2020
Princess Anne, invaluable support of Harry and Meghan
For the purposes of this documentary dedicated to her, Princess Anne also confided in the Megxit. To journalist Robert Hardman, she assured to have a lot of sympathy for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. “She fully understands that the media are much more interested in new young glamorous youngsters, and that this place adds pressure and that it is not an easy role to play,” he explained during a interview with Radio 4. Already last April, the daughter of Elizabeth II confessed to understanding the Sussexes’ decision. “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would agree that there are downsides to having royal titles,” she told Vanity Fair. Strong support for Archie’s parents, on bad terms with royalty.
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