Princess Anne admitted she was considered a ‘nuisance’ during poignant visit


PRINCESS ANNE has admitted she was considered a “nuisance” as she travelled to the Isle of Wight for her first royal visit since the death of her father Prince Philip.

It is believed the Queen agreed for her daughter to go ahead with the visit as she believed Prince Philip would have approved.

During her visit, Princess Anne was asked by Royal Yacht Squadron commodore Jamie Sheldon if she had ever sailed on a Flying Fifteen, a boat designed by Uffa Fox.

However, the Princess Royal revealed she was considered a “bit of a nuisance”.

She said: “I was considered a bit too young and a bit of a nuisance.

Princess Anne visited the Isle of Wight

Princess Anne visited the Isle of Wight (Image: PA)

“I started really with Bloodhound (a yacht).

“I regressed to dinghy sailing for a bit, but then got a slightly bigger boat.”

She continued: “Early memories, this was, days out were great fun.

“Events here and events in Cowes, and Uffa’s dinners.

Princess Anne makes first Royal visit

Princess Anne makes first Royal visit (Image: PA)

“All of that. I can understand why he was here regularly.

“Of course the RYA [Royal Yachting Association] used to have its meetings, summer meetings, used to be on Britannia during Cowes Week, all of that.”

During her visit, Anne unveiled a plaque at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Fishbourne as her parents did back in 1965.

When signing the visitors’ book, Anne joked: “I haven’t done this for such a long time.

Royal Family tree

Royal Family tree (Image: Express)

“I’ve forgotten how to do it.”

Following Philip’s death, Princess Anne paid tribute to her father and said you are “never really ready” for a family member’s death.

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.”

Princess Anne and Prince Philip

Princess Anne and Prince Philip (Image: PA)

Princess Anne is the second member of the Firm to return to royal duties following Philip’s death.

Yesterday, the Queen made a return to royal duties to mark the retirement of her household’s most senior official.

The Queen hosted a ceremony as the Earl Peel formally stood down as Lord Chamberlain.

It is believed the Earl Peel had overseen arrangements for the Duke’s funeral, which take place on Saturday.

Prince Philip passed away on Friday

Prince Philip passed away on Friday (Image: Getty)

The official engagement was recorded in the Court Circular, the list of events attended by the Queen and her family.

It read: “The Earl Peel had an audience of The Queen today, delivered up his Wand and Insignia of Office as Lord Chamberlain and the Badge of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chamberlain, when Her Majesty invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain.”

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at 3pm on Saturday and will adhere to the current coronavirus restrictions.

Under the new measures, only 30 people will be allowed to attend and will have to be socially distanced.


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