PRINCESS ANNE admitted her nephews Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as other younger members of the Royal Family, have had to struggle unprecedented “pressure”.
Princess Anne suggested the constant social media coverage has made it more “difficult” for the Royal Family to cope with the “pressure” of royal duties. The Princess Royal made the comments while discussing the younger generations of royals, which include Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Speaking to ITV for the documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’, Anne said: “The pressure that is applied to the younger members of the family is always worse, because that’s what the media is interested in and that’s, you know, hard sometimes to deal with.
“But there was no social media in my day.
“So it probably has made it more difficult.”
Prince William admitted in the past he did initally struggle with the constant media and public attention but had developed a method to ensure he could continue doing his job without further issues.
He said: “I could not do my job without the stability of the family. Stability at home is so important to me.
Princess Anne conceded younger royals have had it harder because of social media (Image: ROYAL FAMILY)
“I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents.
“I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there.
“The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have indeed transformed social media and technology into a new tool for them to continue undertaking engagements despite the limitations of the lockdown.
Prince William said his family is key to coping with public attention (Image: GETTY)
Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have been increasingly using social media (Image: GETTY)
During the pandemic, William and Kate moved a majority of their operations online and joined Royal Family efforts to help boost morale alongside the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Prince Harry has also relied heavily on social media since his departure from royal life coincided with the imposition of lockdown measures across the world.
In April, he issued a special message to Invictus Games participants thanking them for their hard work and confirming the contest had been postponed until 2021.
And he later appeared in a England Rugby video praising supporters for volunteering to help during the crisis.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry admitted public pressure weighted on their decision (Image: GETTY)
But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex admitted the constant scrutiny they have been subjected to since marrying in 2018 played a key role in their decision to take a step back from the Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan announced in January they wanted to scale down the numbers of engagements carried out on behalf of the Queen.
Following talks with Her Majesty, Prince Charles and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess confirmed they had agreed to a one-year trial period to test the waters and try to establish themselves away from the family.
The couple moved temporarily to Canada before their departure and then relocated to Los Angeles at the end of March, where they are currently residing with their one-year-old son Archie Harrison.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK