Princess Anne risks new royal row as she rejects ‘slimmed down monarchy’ plan

Princess Anne has given a revealing new interview to a Canadian news channel appearing to criticise King Charles monarchy plans just four days before his Coronation.

In it the hard-working Princess Royal spoke out against plans for a “slimmed down” Royal Family, saying that with the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – and the sidelining of Prince Andrew, the Firm is now quite slim enough.

“I think that ‘slimmed down’ was said in a day when there were a few more people to make that seem like a justifiable comment,” she told CBC News.

Princess Anne, 72, is often referred to as the “hardest-working royal” due to the number of official engagements she undertakes in a year; in 2022, she topped the list with 214, while her brother Charles managed 181.

After the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II, some people have suggested that it might be an opportunity to call time on the idea of a hereditary monarchy.

But while Princess Anne said there would be “conversations” about a republic “It's not a conversation that I would necessarily have."

the Princess Royal added: “It's perfectly true that there is a moment when you need to have that discussion but I would just underline that the monarchy provides, with the constitution, a degree of long-term stability that is actually quite hard to come by in any other way”.

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Princess Anne also questioned her older brother’s promise to look into the monarchy’s historical links to the slave trade, saying her own view of the issue is more “realistic”. “Come on.,” she said, “don’t be too focused on time scales and periods. History isn't like that.'

Saturday’s coronation will provide an historical first in a “homage of the people” – a new addition to the ancient ceremony in which people across the UK will be asked to swear an oath of allegiance to King Charles III.

Anti-monarchy Campaign group Republic called the plan "offensive, tone deaf and a gesture that holds the people in contempt."

Graham Smith, a spokesperson for the group, told The Guardian: “In a democracy it is the head of state who should be swearing allegiance to the people, not the other way around.

“This kind of nonsense should have died with Elizabeth I, not outlived Elizabeth II.”


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