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Princess Anne’s unusually open Vanity Fair interview has revealed an important aspect of her relationship with her daughter, Zara Tindall, according to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. Mr Fitzwilliams spoke to Express.co.uk about the Royal Family’s famously tight-lipped member.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “As far as her private life is concerned, she’s still fond of horses.
“She’s enormously proud of Zara, that came across in the interview.”
In the interview, the Princess had pointed to the moment when she presented Zara with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics as a particularly fond memory.
She told Vanity Fair: “Zara was always a natural and it was really a question of whether she felt that was something she really wanted to do, and she did and she was very thorough and applied herself to it. So she was quite rightly very successful.”
Mr Fitzwilliams spoke more on the royal’s persona: “Princess Anne’s particular temperament is that she’s very driven and she’s got particular causes that she’s very keen on. She’s also keen on her riding.
“There have been times in her life where, for example in the 1970s, she had run-ins with the press and so forth.
“She’s always been outspoken on particular issues.
“But she doesn’t give many interviews, she doesn’t want fuss.”
The royal commentator added: “What she wants is to get on with the job, and the job is that of royal engagements, and she does that brilliantly.
“Over the decades, there’s been enormous public respect for this.
“That’s what basically people expect from her, and that’s what she does.”
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Zara doesn’t have a royal title because titles were traditionally bestowed on the offspring of royal sons, not daughters.
The Queen actually offered one to Princess Anne when Zara was born, but Anne declined.
In the Vanity Fair interview, she explained that she believes not giving Peter and Zara titles was probably the right thing to do.
The Princess told Vanity Fair: “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles.
“So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”
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