Princess Anne’s quip at Charles’ future role: ‘Got you your own throne’


PRINCESS ANNE once made a quip at her brother Prince Charles’ role of one day becoming monarch after buying him a toilet seat, unearthed accounts show.

The royals are well known for their extravagance, enjoying acre upon acre of land, lavish palaces across the country, and throwing parties and special occasions like no other family in the world. But the Queen has instilled in members of the Firm not to go overboard when it comes to buying presents for each other – and if they do, Her Majesty often gives the royal a ticking off. The 95-year-old, who next year celebrates 70 years on the throne, encourages them to have fun with their present buying, particularly at Christmas.

And this was evident one year when Anne – known for her wit and sharp tongue – delivered a gift to her eldest brother Charles that got the royals giggling.

According to Channel 4’s ‘A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets’ documentary, “gag gifts” are a particular favourite.

Speaking in the documentary, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl explained: “If you can achieve something that is tongue in cheek, and will have the Queen laughing, then you’ve really done well that Christmas.

“The more kitsch, the better.

Princess Anne's quip at Charles' future role: 'Got you your own throne'

Princess Anne’s quip at Charles’ future role: ‘Got you your own throne’ (Image: GETTY)

Princess Anne and Prince Charles are known to be close

Princess Anne and Prince Charles are known to be close (Image: GETTY)

“Nothing ostentatious, or terribly expensive or lavish, that doesn’t really go down well with the Queen.”

Others to witness some of the hilarious gifts exchanged included former royal butler Paul Burrell, who admitted the “royals love lavatorial humour”.

In line with the Queen’s wishes of novelty or practical gifts to get a laugh on Christmas Day, Anne opted to give Charles – next in line to the throne – a toilet seat.

Mr Burrell added: “It’s the public school upbringing — and why wouldn’t Prince Charles like a white, leather loo seat from his sister Anne?”

Princess Anne is Charles' only sister

Princess Anne is Charles’ only sister (Image: GETTY)

Former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter also explained why this gift was particularly appropriate for Charles.

He said: “What is it we used to call the loo? We would call it the throne.

“You go and sit on the throne.

“So buying a leather-bound loo seat was really Princess Anne’s way of saying, ‘Here you are, you’ve got your own personal throne’.”Prince Charles and Princess Anne share a love of horse riding

Prince Charles and Princess Anne share a love of horse riding (Image: GETTY)

The toilet seat could also have been a nod to suggestions that Charles opts to carry his own toilet seat with him wherever he travels.

But when he was pressed about this during a radio interview in Australia, Charles told the hosts to “not believe all that c**p”.

His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, backed Charles, adding: “Don’t you believe that.”

Speculation regarding this began following the publication of royal biographer Tom Bower’s 2018 piece ‘Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles’.

In the book, the author argued that Charles would send his own staff ahead of him – even if he was staying at a friend’s house.

A truck which “contained nothing less than Charles and Camilla’s complete bedrooms, including the Prince’s orthopaedic bed, along with his own linen”, Mr Bower claimed.

Mr Bower added: “His staff had also made sure to pack a small radio, Charles’ own lavatory seat, rolls of Kleenex Premium Comfort lavatory paper, Laphroaig whiskey and bottled water for both bedrooms plus two landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.”

These reports seemed to be put to bed when Charles publicly rubbished them.


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