Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, was considered the most hardworking royal family, but at the same time remained out of the public eye for many years.
The value of keeping her private life to herself came down to how she chose to raise her two children, whom she chose not to give royal titles to.
This was announced by royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam. Fox News Digital that Anne, 72, doesn’t like royal attention, which is why she kept her life under wraps for so many years.
“One of the reasons little is known about Princess Anne is because she loves it,” he shared. “She is the hardest-working member of the royal family, but does not like publicity. It’s her style, she’s always amazed us.”
However, since the death of her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8, Anne has increasingly found herself at the center of events, paying tribute to the late monarch.
On Thursday, Princess Anne was joined by her brothers, King Charles III, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who walked with the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she was to lie until her funeral on Monday. And on Friday night she attended the vigil in the hall along with her brothers and sisters.
“The fact that she was with the Queen’s body is significant because it was a symbol of how valuable she is to the royal family,” Fitzwilliam explained. “She is very supportive of King Charles. She won’t do more because she can’t do more, she already does so much for the family.”
Anne previously shared in a statement following the death of Queen Elizabeth II that she also spent the last 24 hours of her mother’s life with her at Balmoral Castle.
“I was lucky enough to share the last 24 hours of my dear mother’s life. It was an honor and privilege for me to accompany her on her last journey. Watching the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and inspiring,” the statement said.
“We will all share unique memories. I thank each and every one who shares our sense of loss,” Ann continued. “We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. I am also very grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he assumes the additional duties of a monarch.”
The princess signed her statement: “To my mother, the queen, thank you.”
Anne will attend Her Majesty’s state funeral on Monday, along with the rest of the senior members of the royal family. Anna’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, are also expected to attend.
Like herself, Ann also wanted to give her children the opportunity to live a private life out of the public eye.
She did not give her two children, 44-year-old Peter and 41-year-old Zara, royal titles after they were born, meaning they are private individuals. Ann made this decision to give her children a chance at a “normal” life.
Royal expert Shannon Felton Spence explained Fox News Digital why Anna’s children could never be a prince or princess.
“The patent letters say that the grandchildren of the sovereign, but through a male heir, so the children of Princess Anne do not have titles,” Spence shared.
“Their father got the title when he married Princess Anne, so they have a title, and Anna obviously has the royal title of princess by birth. Their children were then entitled to titles, but they would not be princes and princesses, they would be, for example, duke and duchess or lady and lord.
Although Anne keeps her life under wraps, as does the lives of her children, as do other members of the royal family, the scandal did not escape Anne as she tried to get the public’s attention.
The Princess Royal allegedly had an affair with her personal bodyguard when she was married to her first husband, Mark Phillips.
Ann has been infamous for her affair with Peter Cross ever since the rumors began in the 1970s. Cross was a Scotland Yard police officer until he was assigned to Anna’s bodyguard in 1979.
Popular series from Netflix Crown highlights an alleged romance when the Queen confronts her daughter at a private picnic about the “talks” she’s been hearing about the rumours.
In this episode, Elizabeth II informs Anne that Scotland Yard is considering placing Cross on “duty duties”, to which Anne replied, “Don’t do this to me. You can not. He’s the only thing that makes me happy.”
Anna was married twice. She first married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973, who is the father of her two children, Peter and Zara. The couple separated in 1992.
She married her current husband Vice Admiral Timothy Lawrence in 1992. The couple had no children.
During her first marriage, she was allegedly intimate with Cross, who reportedly confirmed this to reporter Harry Arnold. Sun. Ann has never commented on the affair.
According to SunCross told Arnold, “I was still married when you wrote this story and couldn’t admit it, but it was still true, and now I can tell you it’s true because I’m now divorced.”
As a result, Cross sold his story world News in 1984.
This story originally appeared on Fox News and reproduced with permission