Sly dig at Meghan Markle? Princess Anne says it’s ABSURD to shake hands on engagements

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Sly dig at Meghan Markle? Princess Anne says it’s ABSURD to shake hands on engagements

Princess Anne may be officially the most hardworking Royal of the year so far, but she thinks its “patently absurd” to shake hands when meeting people, she revealed in a new ITV documentary, Queen of the World.

Her reasoning is there are too many people to meet and events become a “handshaking exercise”.

She noted others in her family do greet people in this way – the Queen and the younger Royals like Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are known to regularly shake hands with the public.

Meghan Markle changed the conversation when someone brought up Suits (Image GETTY)
Meghan Markle changed the conversation when someone brought up Suits (Image GETTY)

But the Princess said: “We never shook hands. The theory was that you couldn’t shake hands with everybody, so don’t start.

“So I kind of stick to that, but I notice others don’t.”

The official rules on hand-shaking were relaxed by the Queen in the 1970s, but at least one Royal kept on the tradition.

Meghan Markle news The Duchess of Sussex stepped out at the Royal Academy of Arts (Image WIREIMAGE GETTY)
Meghan Markle news The Duchess of Sussex stepped out at the Royal Academy of Arts (Image WIREIMAGE GETTY)

She added: “It’s not for be to say that it’s wrong, but I think the initial concept was that it was patently absurd to start shaking hands.

“It seems to be that it’s become a shaking hands exercise rather than a walkabout.”

In a new ITV documentary ‘Queen of the World’, Princess Anne also explained how the presence of technology makes it difficult to talk and lamented a time when mobile phones were not being waved in her face.

The Duchess Of Sussex Hosts Photo (C) GETTY
The Duchess Of Sussex Hosts Photo (C) GETTY

She said: “It has changed. I’m glad I’m starting now because at least you had people to talk to – now you don’t, really.

“Phones are bad enough, but the i-pads! You can’t even see their heads!”

The Queen’s daughter added she finds it odd the need for people to document everything in their lives with photographs.

The royal teamed her dress with a co-ordinating clutch Photo (C) MEGHAN MARKLE
The royal teamed her dress with a co-ordinating clutch Photo (C) MEGHAN MARKLE

She said: “I either don’t bother or just say, ‘Look, if you want to ask…I suggest you put that down.
“It is weird. People’s don’t believe they’ve experienced an event unless they’ve taken a photograph.”

Despite her qualms with the modern differences to the being a Royal, she is officially the most hardworking Royal of the year so far.

Meghan Markle attended a coaching awards ceremony with Prince Harry (Image PA)
Meghan Markle attended a coaching awards ceremony with Prince Harry (Image PA)

By May, she had racked up 75 days of service and her lead is followed by the Earl of Wessex at 59, Prince Charles on 52, Prince William on 33 and the Queen on 26.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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