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King Charles' Sister Criticizes His Radical Monarchy Plans, "Not a Good Idea"

Princess Anne gives a rare interview about how she thinks her brother will serve as King

Princess Anne, the only daughter of the late Queen Elizabeth, is undoubtedly one of the least controversial members of the Royal Family. While the Princess Royal usually maintains a low profile when it comes to her opinions about everything from family drama to the politics in the United Kingdom, during a recent interview she did share her thoughts on her brother, King Charles' strategy regarding the monarchy. And, she is not a fan. 

She Believes a Slimmed-Down Monarchy Is "Not a Good Idea


During a recent interview with the Canadian news network CBC News, the Princess confessed that her brother's wish for a slimmed-down monarchy is "not a good idea." 

It Was Said "In a Day When There Were a Few More People Around"


"Well, I think the 'slimmed down' was said in a day when there were a few more people around," she said. "It doesn't sound like a good idea from where I'm standing, I would say. I'm not quite sure what else we can do."

She Believes the Royal Family Offer Stability

Members of the British royal family at Trooping the Colour in 2015
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"It's not a conversation that I would necessarily have," she said when asked about the relevance of the monarchy. "I think it's perfectly true that it is a moment when you need to have that discussion." She added that the Royal family offered a degree of stability that was "quite hard to come by any other way".

She Believes Charles Will "Remain True" and Is "Committed"


She also praised her brother, insisting her would "remain true" after the Coronation. "You know what you're getting, because he's been practicing for a bit, and I don't think he'll change," she said. "You know, he is committed to his own level of service, and that will remain true."

Support Will "Shift"

Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II travels by carriage during the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

She also noted that it would be a big change for everyone. "My mother was the Queen for a very long time," she said. "And although you kind of know that this might happen, you don't really think about it very much – not least of all because the monarchy is about continuity. For the rest of us, it's more a question of, OK, we have to shift the way we support, and that's what we need to do."


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