Princess Anne ‘could gain Prince Harry’s military patronages’ as she commands ‘respect of the armed forces’, expert claims
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Princess Anne could be offered the military patronages once owned by Prince Harry and Prince Philip as the only senior member of the Royal Family without a military title.
Since Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stepped back from their royal duties and the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, both Harry and Philip's former titles have now been returned to the Queen for re-distribution.
Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, the founder of the British Monarchists Society, believes that the Queen’s only daughter deserves the opportunity to take on these titles because she is considered to be the “hardest-working” member of the Royal Family.
As a wife to a military man, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne has taken onboard the “no nonsense” attitude that is required in military leadership.
Speaking to The Daily Star, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills said: “She’s time after time considered the hardest working member of the Royal Family.
“It would be a shock if she was not at least given the opportunity to decline some of those patronages that have opened up.
“She is no nonsense, duty, to the point, she’s not one for small talk, she tells it straight and that’s what the military is about.
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“Her very demeanour is very good for the patronages that her father had,” he added.
Following the death of her husband of 73 years, the Queen now has two military titles ready to be distributed to the remaining working royals, including Prince William, his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne.
Prince Philip was associated with almost 1,000 organisations as a senior member of the Royal Family throughout his royal career, either as a President, a Patron, an Honorary Member until his death last month.
Since then, Princess Anne has taken on a lot of responsibilities and has attended a number of royal events that the Duke of Edinburgh would have attended.
The royal couple have attended two commemorative services in London on behalf of the royal family in following weeks after his passing.
The royal expert added: “She is constantly doing what’s expected of the Crown and there’s a very big difference between her work and those of her nephew Harry’s, so she’s going to be picking up a lot of work in the coming years because the Crown is down a player.
“There’s a few that are open from the patronages that were returned to the Queen from Harry.”
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