Royal Family LIVE: Princess Anne shatters major protocol to break royal silence on Brexit – Express

Princess Anne ‘let guard drop’ claims expert

Princess Anne has breached the crucial royal protocol demanding members of the Royal Family not to touch upon political matters to be seen by the public as neutral as possible. The Princess Royal joined the Oxford Farming Conference podcast at the end of last year to discuss the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on British landowners.

Princess Anne, who is the honorary president of this association, also spoke about other challenges and changes faced by farmers in 2021 – including Brexit.

She told podcast host Sarah Mukherjee: “Some are much better prepared than others.

“I have to say there are two major issues – Brexit, and how people cope with that, if anybody has any idea how it’s going to impact them.

“For some it will be an opportunity.

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Royal Family news: Princess Anne spoke about Brexit during a podcast (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Anne is one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)

“And for the others it’s been the impact of the pandemic, which has been a mixed experience but you only have to look at the blockages at the ports to know we need to be more resilient in some of these areas.

“I hope that’s something that not just the retail but the customers will understand is a really important aspect of our countryside.

“It’s not because someone is old-fashioned and wants to grow something.

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Princess Anne took part in a podcast focused on challenges faced by farmers this year (Image: GETTY)

“There is real purpose here and will end up in your shopping bag, possibly.

“I hope that’s raised the importance of some issues which you don’t see as being agricultural.”

This podcast took place remotely ahead of this month’s annual event scheduled by the OFC.

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Royal Family news: Princess Anne is the Princess Royal (Image: EXPRESS)

10.30am update: Give it up! Meghan and Harry told to abandon their own titles or face furious backlash 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should “volunteer to renounce or at least not use” their royal titles to avoid further criticism, a royal expert has advised.  

Meghan and Prince Harry have retained their full titles after stepping down as senior royals in March last year.

However, the Queen has barred them from using their His/Her Royal Highness (HRH) styles. 

Now, as the 12-month review of the so-called Megxit deal is nearing its end, one royal commentator said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should either give up their ducal titles or, much like they are doing with the HRH styles, simply not use them.

This move would help stave off criticism that the Sussexes are using their royal links and titles for financial gain.

Royal author Phil Dampier told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s obvious Harry and Meghan are not coming back, and have very much made their life in America, so the best thing for all is for a line to be drawn.

“I think they should volunteer to renounce, or at least not use, their ducal titles, so they face no further criticism of cashing in.

“The Queen would be very reluctant to take them away – Harry is still her beloved grandson – but only then would they be totally free to do whatever they like.”

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Royal Family news: Sarah Ferguson is to publish a historical novel (Image: GETTY)

9.40am update: ‘Shut up Fergie!’ Duchess warned she could ‘make fool of herself’ with risky new project 

Sarah Ferguson has been warned her new project could be “dreadful”, with a royal expert issuing caution lest the Duchess of York make “a fool of herself”. 

Fergie announced she had signed a book deal with British publisher Mills & Boon and will release historical novel Her Heart For a Compass later this summer.

The 61-year-old admitted she “drew on many parallels from my life” after researching her family history.

But royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams was sceptical over the new project as he warned the Duchess has previously “made a fool of herself” in the past.

He wrote on Twitter: “This could be absolutely dreadful. She has made a fool of herself so often.

“Perhaps it will win a Bad Sex Award.

“If only she would shut up!”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have stepped down as senior royals (Image: EXPRESS)

9am update: Meghan and Harry prepare for Megxit face-off by ‘distancing’ from ‘any chance’ of return

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are very unlikely to “come crawling back” to the Royal Family, according to royal commentators who explained the ways the couple have “distanced” themselves from the possibility.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s one-year review is coming up in March with the Queen.

Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed what could change in the exit deal.

Ms Bowie told listeners: “March is the end of the royals’ fiscal year, I believe.

“We don’t think there’s any chance they even want to be senior working members of the Royal Family.

“But it is interesting that they have, in a way, distanced themselves from that.

“When they exited last January it was such a rush announcement.

“They really pulled the rug out from everyone.

“Even their website launch, nobody was aware of that.

“So I think this one-year review is more of a chance to kind of update and tweak things.

“There won’t be anything like them being told they need to come crawling back.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have become TV and audio producers (Image: GETTY)

8am update: Meghan Markle’s never-before-seen photo with mum Doria sparks tense debate over selection

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “selection” of photographs from their childhood with their mothers has “sparked off a bit of a debate” among royal experts who also noted that the picture of the Duchess and Doria Ragland had never been published before.

A new picture of Meghan Markle with her mother, Doria Ragland, has been published on the Archewell website.

ITV Royal Rota podcast hosts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson discussed the images released, and why they had “definitely sparked off a bit of a debate”.

Ms Robinson told listeners: “The website has gone live, and with that, there was this letter to 2021.

“We know that for them Archewell is all about building a better world.

“They say, ‘one act of compassion at a time’.

“There were only two images on there, and they weren’t particularly clear.”

Mr Ship added: “There’s Meghan with her mother, Doria Ragland, and Harry with his mum, Princess Diana.

“There’s no mention of either father at all in this website for whatever reason.

“Those are the only two pictures that are on there, which did spark a particular debate.

“The one of Doria and Meghan we haven’t actually seen before, that’s a new picture.”

“The other one we’ve seen of Harry and Princess Diana.

“It definitely sparked off a bit of a debate about the wisdom of selecting the mothers rather than the fathers.

“The letter does start off, ‘I am my mother’s son, and I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell’.”

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