Princess Anne insists younger members of the royal family should get back to basics in an interview with Vanity Fair

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Princess Anne said that the youngest members of the royal family were guilty of trying to “reinvent the wheel” when it came to their approach to royal office.

The 69-year-old Princess Royal told Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl that she is a “fuddy-duddy” who values ​​the proven approach to philanthropy, while members of the next generation , including Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem determined to chart a new course.

Anne is not referring to any particular royal family, but 2020 has already seen Prince Harry and Meghan Markle resign as working members of the royal family as they prepare to launch a new charity, Archewell, of the United States. -United.

Princess Anne claimed that the youngest members of the royal family were guilty of trying to `` reinvent the wheel '' regarding their approach to royal office. Pictured at British Fashion Week in February

Princess Anne said that the youngest members of the royal family were guilty of trying to “reinvent the wheel” when it came to their approach to royal office. Pictured at British Fashion Week in February

Speaking during this rare interview, Anne explained that she had spent 10 years preparing the ground with Save The Children, one of her sponsors, before feeling that she had the understanding to participate in any debate public on behalf of the organization.

“I don’t think this young generation probably understands what I used to do in the past and that is often true, right? Continued Princess Anne.

“You don’t necessarily look at the previous generation and say,” Oh, did you do that? Or: “Did you go there?” Nowadays, they’re looking for a lot more: “Oh, let’s do it in a new way.

Anne is not referring to any particular royal family, but 2020 has already seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex resign as members of the Royal Family as they prepare to launch a new charity, Archewell, of the United States. United. Pictured Harry, Meghan and Archie in South Africa last year

Anne is not referring to any particular royal family, but 2020 has already seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex resign as members of the Royal Family as they prepare to launch a new charity, Archewell, of the United States. United. In the photo, Harry, Meghan and Archie in South Africa last year

“And I’m already on the stage.” Please don’t reinvent this particular wheel. We went there, we did it. Some of these things don’t work. You may need to get back to basics. “

This time spent in the field with the organization gave her a solid foundation on which she continued to rely. The Princess Royal now has a well-known schedule. Last year, she accumulated more than 500 separate royal engagements.

And the princess, who turns 70 in August, admitted that she had no signs of retirement.

She cited the example of the service rendered by her parents, the Queen, 93, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 98. The Duke of Edinburgh retired in 2017, but the Queen, who turns 94 next week, has always performed close to 300 official duties in the past year.

Read the full story from the May issue of Vanity Fair available for digital download and newsstands Friday, April 17

Read the full story from the May issue of Vanity Fair available for digital download and newsstands Friday, April 17

“I don’t think retirement is the same thing [for me],’ she said. “Most people would say that we are very fortunate not to be in this situation because you would not just want to stop.

“It is, to a large extent, the choice of the organizations with which you are involved and if they feel that you are still relevant.

“But I think my mom and dad rightly made decisions about, you know,” I can’t spend enough time doing this and we have to find someone else to do it ” because it makes sense.

“I have to admit that they continued to be there longer than I thought, but we’ll see. “

The interview took place on the same day that it was announced that her son, Peter Phillips, was separating from his Canadian-born wife, Autumn.

Although she did not comment on the news, Anne made it clear how much she loved being the grandmother of their two daughters, Savannah and Isla, as well as the daughter’s two children Zara Tindall, Mia and Lena.

Read the full story from the May issue of Vanity Fair available for digital download and newsstands Friday, April 17

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