Princess Anne wearing a hat and holding flowers and smiling
13 Royal Rules Princess Anne Has Been Caught Breaking
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1. Titles
Anne broke royal tradition by not giving titles to her children, Zara and Peter Phillips. "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," she told Vanity Fair in 2020.
2. Education
Royal children are taught at home, but Anne pleaded to be allowed to go to school, paving the way for future royals to do the same. Royal expert Katie Nicholl said, "She was desperate to go to school and she wanted to get out and discover life beyond the palace walls, she had a brain, she wanted to go out and learn."
3. Gender Gap
Recalling a royal visit as a teen, Princess Anne said, "When I first went to Australia I found a difference, the men went down one end of the room and the women went up the other. I didn't think that was entirely appropriate." Anne crossed the room and "annoyed" the men at their end by bridging the royal gender gap.
4. Fashion
As a young woman, Anne’s outfits included tailored trousers, mini skirts, and pantsuits, all of which were considered inappropriate for a princess. Wedding dress designer Cynthia Grafton-Holt said that Anne's "overly simple" wedding dress was an example of how she "opted to redefine" royal tradition.
5. Crossed Legs
In 2021, Anne was on ITV after Prince Philip's death to discuss his life and passing. However, during the interview, she broke a famous royal rule — she sat with her legs crossed. According to etiquette expert Myka Meier, crossing your legs is one of the "biggest etiquette mistakes a lady can make."