Princess Anne says Queen did ‘exactly the right thing’ after Princess Diana died

Princess Anne said the Queen had “just the right thing” staying at Balmoral with Princes William and Harry in the days following Princess Diana’s death in an unpublished 2017 interview.

The Princess Royal, 72, spoke to ITV News editor Chris Ship about her mother’s seventy-year reign in a chat which first aired today.

As well as sharing her approval for the Queen’s handling of Diana’s death in 1997, Anne also hailed her parents’ 73-year marriage, saying their “partnership was really important”.

The Queen has come under fire after deciding to stay at her Scottish estate with her family as an outpouring of public grief took place in London following Diana’s fatal car crash in Paris.

However, the same year as Anne’s interview, former senior courtier Sir Malcolm Ross, who was responsible for arranging Diana’s funeral, recounted how the monarch felt his priority was with his grandsons in Scotland and that she and her staff were “hurt”. to the rise of feelings against them.

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Princess Anne said the Queen had ‘just the right thing’ (pictured) staying at Balmoral with Princes William and Harry in the days after Princess Diana’s death in an unpublished 2017 interview

Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, The Queen and Peter Phillips stop to look at the floral tributes left for Princess Diana at the gates of Balmoral on September 5, 1997

Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, The Queen and Peter Phillips stop to look at the floral tributes left for Princess Diana at the gates of Balmoral on September 5, 1997

The Princess Royal said: ‘I think my mum did exactly the right thing. I think it’s absolutely extraordinary that a sane parent would believe… [there] would have been an alternative to bringing these kids here to London in all this hoo-ha.

“I just don’t know how you can think that would have been a better thing to do.”

Diana died when William and Harry were 15 and 12 respectively. Asked if this was a case of the Queen putting her grandchildren first, the Princess Royal replied: “Absolutely”.

“I don’t think either of those two would have been able to cope if they had been somewhere else,” Anne said.

She said: “That’s the only good thing that happened was that they were there, and they had this structure, they had people around them who could understand, give them time. “

Even Diana’s own sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, had previously said she supported the monarch’s judgment.

Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, awaiting the Queen's coffin

Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, awaiting the Queen’s coffin

The Countess of Wessex was pictured comforting Princess Anne today as members of the Royal Family watched the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrive in Edinburgh to rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse overnight.

The Countess of Wessex was pictured comforting Princess Anne today as members of the Royal Family watched the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrive in Edinburgh to rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse overnight.

In a touching gesture, deference to the monarch was still observed, with royal women curtsying and men bowing their heads

In a touching gesture, deference to the monarch was still observed, with royal women curtsying and men bowing their heads

“If you were the grandmother of a 12 year old and a 15 year old whose mother had just been killed in a car accident, she absolutely did the right thing.

“If I had been her, I would have done that. Why would you bring them to London? Why don’t you let them get over the beginning of the shock within their own family? she told BBC One Documentary Diana, 7 Days.

Sir Malcolm added that it was the Sovereign who made the decision for his former daughter-in-law to be honored with royal burials.

Meanwhile, in the 2017 interview, Anne also called her parents’ marriage a “partnership”, explaining that the couple “complemented each other’s strengths and skills” throughout their seven-decade marriage.

In a speech on their wedding anniversary in 1997, the monarch said Prince Philip had “simply been my strength and he’s been around all these years”.

Sophie, 57, the wife of the Queen's youngest son Prince Edward, 58, was seen placing her hand on the Princess Royal's back in a gesture of support after the coffin went the trip from Balmoral to the Scottish town.

Sophie, 57, the wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 58, was seen placing her hand on the Princess Royal’s back in a gesture of support after the coffin went the trip from Balmoral to the Scottish town.

The Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

Princess Anne and Sophie (pictured center today) appeared with tears in their eyes as they viewed the floral tributes to the Queen left at Balmoral yesterday, alongside other members of the Royal Family

Princess Anne and Sophie (pictured center today) appeared with tears in their eyes as they viewed the floral tributes to the Queen left at Balmoral yesterday, alongside other members of the Royal Family

Today Anne was pictured being comforted by the Countess of Wessex as members of the Royal Family watched the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrive in Edinburgh to rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse overnight.

Sophie, 57, the wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 58, was seen laying her hand on the Princess Royal’s back in a gesture of support after the coffin was made the trip from Balmoral to the Scottish town.

The Queen’s children and their wives – the Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex – watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace.

In a moving moment, deference to the monarch was still observed, with royal women curtsying and men bowing their heads.

Her Majesty did not travel alone on her 180 mile journey, Anne and her husband were in a limo as part of a procession directly behind her.

The Queen will spend the night at the palace before being transferred to St. Giles Cathedral tomorrow afternoon – where earlier a large crowd had gathered to watch King Charles’ midday proclamation as head of state .

Princess Anne and Sophie appeared with tears in their eyes yesterday as they viewed the floral tributes to the Queen left at Balmoral, alongside other members of the Royal Family.

Meanwhile, Scottish mourners paid their respects to Her Majesty as they lined the route of her coffin procession by the thousands as she left Balmoral for the last time.

Silent, somber and respectful, well-wishers gathered along country roads, bridges and in the centers of villages and towns to say goodbye to the woman who was never more at home than when she was in Scotland.

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