PRINCESS ANNE may soon be forced to give up one of the most beloved titles as Prince Charles takes over an increasing number of duties from the Queen and Prince Philip.
Princess Anne could soon see her position as one of the hardest-working royal challenged because of her elder brother Prince Charles, royal commentator Roberta Fiorito suggested. The Princess Royal has long been praised for her behind-the-scene work to support the Queen but the Prince of Wales appeared to use the coronavirus lockdown to “surge ahead” of his sister in numbers of engagements. Ms Fiorito said: “I think what’s actually appropriate about the number of events is that apparently Charles is in the lead for virtual events during COVID which Anne is not as into online things.
“People are keeping track but Charles is surging ahead with William as a close second.”
Royally Obsessed co-host Rachel Bowie echoed Ms Fiorito assessment, noting Charles is the only royal to have been able to “eclipse” Anne in over 50 years of royal career.
Ms Bowie said: “The only person that eclipses her or has eclipsed her in past years is Prince Charles but I’m wondering if that’s on purpose because of the hierarchy and because of the line of succession.
“If he does more events to be like, ‘I’m the hardest working royal and I’m going to be king’ to give a little nudge to his royal sister.”
Princess Anne could see one of her titles stolen away by Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)
Princess Anne repeatedly clocked the highest amount of engagements among royals (Image: GETTY)
The royal commentator added: “I just love her, the grumpy one with the bun, as one person classified her as. I thought that was so appropriate.”
Despite her attempts to fly under the radar, Princess Anne has sparked interest in her longtime commitment to the Royal Family in light of her 70th birthday on August 15.
Prince Charles paid tribute to his younger sister with a touching montage of family photos giving a glimpse into the close relationship the royal siblings share.
Accompanying the video, the Prince of Wales wrote: “Wishing The Princess Royal a very happy 70th Birthday. Let’s take a look back at some family photos through the decades…”
Prince Charles has undertaken more virtual engagements than Princess Anne (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles marked Anne’s birthday with a video of family photos (Image: GETTY)
Plans for a family celebration had to be shelved because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis but Anne’s son-in-law Mike Tindall suggested royals have something in store to mark the occasion.
Speaking earlier in the week, Tindall said: “We did have plans. It would have been up in Scotland, but obviously with COVID, Aberdeen’s been locked down a bit.
“I think everything’s been scaled back a little bit. It’s a shame. I’m sure we will do something as a family to celebrate her 70 amazing years.
“She is an amazing woman in terms of how much work she’s done over the years. We will be doing something. As yet, I don’t know if she knows, so my lips are sealed.”
Princess Anne may not be able to join the Queen at Balmoral this year (Image: GETTY)
Princess Anne releases a series of new pictures to mark her 70th birthday (Image: GETTY)https://data.reachplc.com/202252178651856?int_source=traffic.outbrain&int_medium=traffic.outbrain&int_term=traffic.outbrain&int_content=traffic.outbrain&int_campaign=traffic.outbrain
The Princess Royal was also promoted to the rank of General of the British Army and Air Chief of the Marshal of RAF to mark her 70th Birthday.
The Ministry of Defence said on Twitter: “On the Princess Royal’s 70th birthday, we are delighted to announce her promotion to the rank of General in the @BritishArmy and Air Chief Marshal in the @RoyalAirForce, which recognises her support for the Armed Forces over many years. #PrincessRoyalAt70.”
Members of the Royal Family were expected to join the Queen and Prince Philip in Balmoral as they traditionally do every summer but the coronavirus pandemic has hindered the plans.
Princess Anne may travel to see her parents later in the Autumn as might her daughter Zara Tindall, husband Mike and their two young daughters, Mia and Lena.
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to head to Scotland after leading VJ Day 75 celebrations at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Saturday.
Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex joined Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh in Balmoral last week with their daughter, Lady Louise, and son James, Viscount Severn.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK