‘No nonsense’ Princess Anne could be offered Prince Harry and Prince Philip’s royal and military patronages because she commands ‘the respect of the armed forces’, expert claims
According to Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, founder of the British Monarchists Society, the Queen’s only daughter, 70, should receive the titles because she is considered the ‘hardest-working’ member of the Royal Family.
He also noted that the Princess Royal is married to ‘military man’ Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence – adding that her ‘no nonsense’ attitude is ‘what the military is about’.
‘Princess Anne is very happy where she is: she’s not one for fuss, just like her father,’ he said, speaking to The Daily Star. ‘She’s time after time considered the hardest working member of the Royal Family.
Pictured, Princess Anne walks past the Australian war memorial during a Dawn Service to commemorate Anzac Day, in London, Britain April 25, 2021
Pictured, Prince Harry during the funeral of Prince Philip on April 17, 2021 in Windsor
‘It would be a shock if she was not at least given the opportunity to decline some of those patronages that have opened up.
‘She is no nonsense, duty, to the point, she’s not one for small talk, she tells it straight and that’s what the military is about.
‘Her very demeanour is very good for the patronages that her father had.’
Buckingham Palace previously announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been stripped of their remaining roles following their move to California.
Pictured, Prince Philip at the battle of Trafalgar Bicentenary Commemoration service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on 23 October, 2005
The Princess Royal (left) alongside Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (right) attends a Dawn Service at the Australian war memorial at Wellington Arch in London earlier this morning
Their patronages have been returned to the Queen before being re-distributed among remaining working royals – including Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne.
The Duke of Edinburgh was associated with 992 organisations, either as President, Patron, Honorary Member until his death at Windsor Castle earlier this month, where they were returned to Her Majesty.
Since then, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence attended two commemorative services in London on behalf of the royal family.
They were among a reduced number attending the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Wellington Arch, where the princess laid a wreath at both the Australian and New Zealand War Memorials, and signed a book of remembrance.
The couple then visited Westminster Abbey for the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving.
Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills added: ‘She is constantly doing what’s expected of the Crown and there’s a very big difference between her work and those of her nephew Harry’s, so she’s going to be picking up a lot of work in the coming years because the Crown is down a player.
‘There’s a few that are open from the patronages that where returned to the Queen from Harry.’