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Royal author Robert Hardman interviewed the Princess Royal for a documentary to mark her 70th birthday next month. He said Anne, 69, has sympathy for the younger royals including Meghan and Harry due to the added pressures they face with social media.
“She explains that she’s rather glad she’s not setting out on this path today because she points out in her day you didn’t have social media.
“She fully accepts that the media are especially interested in the new and the young and the glamorous and that does place added pressures and it’s not an easy role to play.
“Cleary she’s come to terms with it herself but that was certainly part of the thinking in her decision to not give her own children titles.
“They both were very forthcoming in saying how grateful they were that they’ve been allowed to have as near to normal a life as is possible when you’re the grandchild of the monarch and they’re very happy with it.”
Speaking in the ITV documentary Princess Royal: Anne at 70, which airs on Wednesday, the Queen’s daughter said social media is adding to the pressures faced by younger members of the Royal Family.
She 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.”
Discussing social media, she added: “With online technology… being in touch is one thing but it’s not quite the same.
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“I mean, I know what Twitter is but I wouldn’t go anywhere near it if you paid me frankly.
Anne was followed for more than a year for the ITV documentary to mark her milestone birthday on August 15.
The programme features unseen family footage and conversations with her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Of Anne, who is known as the hardest-working member of the Royal Family, Zara said: “Age is not a thing to her it’s, you know, very much the more she keeps doing the younger she’ll stay.”
“I think the thing that nags away at you is that after all this time you should have learnt something.
“And there is an element of responsibility to make sure that you kind of knit that knowledge together and pass that on.”
In the documentary Anne is shown during a series of visits in Kent before the lockdown.
She is also filmed with her grandchildren at the Festival of British Eventing staged at her royal residence of Gatcombe Park, which was cancelled this year due to coronavirus.
The documentary chronicles her life from her school days to her first marriage to Captain Mark Phillips, tours with the Queen and Prince Philip, the 1974 failed kidnap attempt, her equestrian achievements and her professional involvement in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics.
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