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Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter celebrates her 72nd birthday today. Princess Anne has earned her place among the most respected members of the Royal Family, having represented the Queen in an official capacity for more than 50 years. The Princess Royal has long been said to be the hardest working member of the royal family and she is widely known and admired for her work ethic and dedication to service.

While his sensible and determined character aligns well with the royal’s devoted duty, he has not always been well received by other members of the family, namely Diana, Princess of Wales, who is said to have encountered problems with her sister in law.

According to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and author of ‘Diana: An Intimate Portrait’, the tension between the two women “came to a head” ahead of the Princess of Wales’ first appearance alongside the royal family at the one of their favorite events.

In her 1995 book ‘Prince Edward’, Ms Seward wrote: ‘Things came to a head at the end of Ascot week in June 1981, barely a month before Diana’s wedding.’

The biographer explained that then-Lady Diana was staying at Windsor Castle for the Ascot race meeting.

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Princess Anne and Princess Diana reportedly had a strained relationship. (Image: Getty Images)

Princess Diana and Princess Anne

Tensions between the women ‘came to a head’ during a major royal event. (Image: Getty Images)

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Diana had sensed “Anne’s apathy towards her and wanting to indulge herself, she ventured to the nursery in the Queen’s Tower where Anne had settled with her son Peter, who was three at the time, and her four-week-old daughter Zara.

“Diana, who was still just a lady, gave the Princess a full bow and said, ‘Madam, what a pleasure to see you.’

“Anne despises pretension at the best of times.

“When she was struggling with two young children, she had no time at all.”

Seward continued: “She looked up at Diana – and looked her straight in the eye.

“Diana, faced with the searing force of Anne’s contempt, fled the room.”

Princess Diana leans against the car

Diana at Royal Ascot in 1981. (Image: Getty Images)

Anne and Diana’s relationship was the subject of speculation in the 80s and 90s, with many believing the two women were at the center of a long-running feud.

Ms Seward claimed the Princess Royal “was indifferent to Diana from the very beginning”.

She added: “She treated the woman, who by marriage to her older brother might have become his queen, with withered disdain.

“She called her a ‘dumb girl’.”

Richard Kay, royal expert and old friend of the Princess of Wales, backed Ms Seward’s claims.

He told the 2019 Channel 5 documentary ‘Paxman on the Queen’s Children’ that Anne ‘didn’t have time for Diana’.

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Timeline of Charles and Diana's relationship

Charles and Diana were just months away from getting married. (Image:

He continued: “She didn’t like the way she carried out her duty and the way she used the cameras and the media to promote herself, in her eyes.

“Anne had a much more traditional approach to monarchy and royal duty.”

However, while Anne was apparently not Diana’s biggest fan, a video of the Princess of Wales discussing her relationship with the Princess Royal suggests she actually looked up to her sister-in-law.

In 1985, Diana and her then-husband Prince Charles sat down for an interview with broadcaster Alastair Burnet.

Sitting at Kensington Palace, the Prince and Princess of Wales discussed their marriage, family and life on The Firm.

And when asked about the alleged rivalry with Anne, Diana seemingly quashed the gossip, saying she thought the Queen’s daughter was ‘wonderful’.

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Diana said she thought Anne was “wonderful”. (Image: Getty Images)

Mr Burnet asked Diana: ‘Do you feel that you live in a state of rivalry between you and Princess Anne, as is repeatedly said?

In response, the Princess said: “None at all. Princess Anne has worked incredibly hard for the Save the Children Fund and I am her biggest fan because what she crams into a day I could never achieve. .

She added, “We’ve always gotten on really well and I think she’s wonderful.”

That same year, Anne was also asked about the reported breakup with her sister-in-law during a television appearance on the talk show “Wogan.”

Host Terry Wogan told the royal: “Lately there have been stories about you and the Princess of Wales not exactly getting along.”

Anne denied the accusation, telling Mr Wogan: “Yes, it was one of their best fairy tales.”

Timeline of Princess Anne's achievements

Princess Anne is a highly respected member of the royal family. (Image:

But, while the two princesses have denied any animosity between them, they have rarely been spotted or photographed together in public.

In 1992, when Anne married her second husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, attention was again drawn to the two women’s relationship as Diana failed to attend the intimate ceremony on the Balmoral estate in Scotland.

However, the reasoning behind her absence could be that the wedding, which took place on December 12, came just days after Diana and Charles’s official separation announcement on December 9.

And years later, the Princess Royal stepped in to support her nephew and Diana’s son at a critical time.

Princess Anne and Prince Harry

Princess Anne stepped in to help her nephew Prince Harry, (Image: Getty Images)

In August 1997, the Princess of Wales tragically died in a car accident in Paris.

According to royal biographer Tina Brown, Anne “was particularly kind to Harry”.

In her 2007 book, ‘The Diana Chronicles’, Ms Brown wrote: ‘Princess Anne was particularly kind to Harry, whose fragility was evident.

“She took him alone with her to explore the Balmoral wilderness on foot and on horseback.”

Dora W. Clawson