Diana, Princess of Wales’ relationship with her sister-in-law Princess Anne was so frosty, she reportedly once said, ‘If Anne’s there, I’m off’ – according to a new documentary series airing on Channel 5 tomorrow.
The two-part show, Paxman on the Queen’s Children, will see Jeremy Paxman delving into the lives of the Queen’s children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as the relationships between them and their spouses.
Unsurprisingly considering her acrimonious split from Prince Charles, it seems that Princess Diana’s relationship with his siblings wasn’t always easy either, particularly with Anne. As Richard Kay says on the show: ‘Princess Anne, she had no time for Diana she didn’t like the way she went about her duty and the way she used the cameras and the media to promote herself in her eyes.’
In contrast, Diana enjoyed a closer bond with Prince Andrew, who she had known since childhood. Indeed, she was reported to have corresponded with him during his time serving in the Falklands. As Kay explains: ‘Diana had a much warmer relationship with Prince Andrew who she had known well since she was a child. They had played together as children on the Sandringham Estate.’
When it came to Charles’ youngest sibling, Prince Edward, he was closest to the Duchess of York, with the two frequently enjoying lunches together. As royal biographer Ingrid Seward says on the show: ‘He actually used to sometimes have lunch with Fergie, who would drive from the palace and meet him here and take him out to lunch because they were very close at one time. They were very close at one time. He liked her and she liked him and she was young and fun and she was interested in what he did.’
Paxman on the Queen’s Children, airs on Tuesday, 9pm, on Channel 5.