Since moving away from the British royal family and their castle life in London, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have come under much criticism. Critics that come from anonymous people, but also from some members of their family. Nevertheless, the parents of little Archie can count on the support of a loved one, who is none other than Princess Anne. Recently, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II sat down with royalty specialist Robert Hardman for a documentary in her honor called Princess Royal: Anne at 70.
To promote his documentary, Robert Hardman gave an interview to Radio 4, where he confided in his meeting with Princess Anne. As he explained, the 69-year-old princess has a lot of sympathy for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. “Yes she does, and she talks about it a lot,” he said, reports the Daily Mail. “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. And if Princess Anne supports the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as much, it is in particular because she is aware that “in her time, social networks did not exist”, he concluded.
“The right thing to do”
In an interview with Vanity Fair last April, Princess Anne explained that she understood the couple’s decision to step back. “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would agree that there are downsides to having royal titles,” she explained, before add that she said it was probably “the right thing to do”. If Princess Anne understands Archie’s parents so much, it is because she herself rejected the royal tradition, with her first husband Mark Phillips. The couple have chosen not to give royalty titles on the birth of their two children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle (pregnant), Duchess of Sussex, Princess Anne – © Agence / Bestimage