Princess Anne snubs unwritten royal rule in first interview since Philip’s death

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Princess Anne seemingly broke an unwritten royal protocol when she gave the first interview since her father Prince Philip's death.

The Princess Royal spoke to ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship from Gatcombe Park in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire.

Eagle-eyed watchers also noticed Anne seemingly going against an unspoken royal rule about how female members of the Royal Family should sit, reports Gloucestershire Live.

One viewer tweeted: "Princess Anne sitting like a normal woman with her legs crossed instead of the ridiculous 'royal position' of uncrossed."

Anne did not break any hard and fast rule when she was pictured sitting in the chair but royals are often all seen adopting the same stance known as a "Duchess Slant".

Etiquette expert Myka Meier explained to People that it involves putting your knees and ankles together, slanting your legs to the side, and placing your hands on your lap.

Meghan Markle also came under scrutiny when she opted to cross her legs at an event in June 2018 in the presence of the Queen.

As the Duchess of Sussex sat down, she naturally crossed her legs, before switching to the preferred Duchess Slant.

Meghan even admitted in her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March that she was never told how to cross her legs before joining the Royal Family.

The Princess Royal once said she would liked to have been an engineer if she had not been born into the Royal Family and told Mr Ship that had something to do with her father who would have been 100 on the day of the ITV interview.

Speaking from Gloucestershire in her first interview since his death in April she said the family "all have to move on" and until his death not many people had understood how broad his interests were or his "can do" practical nature which had helped to shape her childhood.

"If anything broke, there was always a thought of 'have a look at this and see if you can mend it'," she said.

"He didn't throw things away, and that often comes from your own family background. Anyone that goes through the Royal Navy training and spends such a long time on a ship, you have to mend and make do.

"Make things work be practical and adjust."

She said it was down to his life experience and extended to the BBQ trailer on the back of his Land Rover.

"The trailer was designed specifically for that role and everything had a place and you needed to know where it was and then it worked," she said.

The Royal Academy of Engineering had always planned to issue a special centenary award of The Prince Philip Medal – to mark the occasion of his birthday.

Dr Gladys West became the first woman in the medal's 30 year history to be awarded the honour in recognition of how her work modelling the earth’s surface led to the development of GPS satellite positioning system.

Princess Anne told her: "My father of course was a naval officer but he was also a navigator so for him your work has been particularly relevant."

After her father's death Princess Anne paid tribute to Prince Philip, describing him as her "teacher, supporter and critic".

She said: "You know it's going to happen but you are never really ready.

"My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate."

  • ITV
  • Meghan Markle
  • Royal Family
  • Princess Anne

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