Princess Anne was prepared to ‘take risks’ with romance says expert
Anne, often regarded as the hardest-working member of the Royal Family, is also known for her sharp wit and steely determination. Her ability to persevere despite being in the media spotlight and on the royal frontline has been widely commended. Even when faced with a violent, armed kidnapping attempt in the Seventies, she remained calm and refused to go with the gunman.
Anne has shown this resolute attitude throughout her time as a working royal — and has even hit back at safety recommendations from the Government in the past.
Writing in his book, ‘Princess Anne: A biography’, Nicholas Courtney claimed Anne was on tour when she received an “urgent communique” from the Foreign Office.
He claimed: “Princess Anne received an urgent communique from the Foreign Office to say that it was unsafe for her to go on to Somalia as the sporadic border war with Ethiopia had flared up again.”
But, the then Foreign Secretary Francis Pym allegedly “had not bargained for Princess Anne’s tenacity”.
She is reported as saying: “Damn them. I’m going.”
She went on to see the Boroma refugee camp where she saw 40,000 refugees of war, and spoke to many Fund workers — a visit she later described as a “highlight” of her 1982 tour.
Princess Anne’s fierce rebuttal to Foreign Office’s concern for safety during royal tour
Anne during her six-nation tour of Africa in 1982
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