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The first senior royal has stepped out following the leak of Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir, Spare, and the shocking allegations it’s said to contain.
- Princess Anne was the first senior royal to attend a public event or engagement amid the allegations circulating following a leak of her nephew’s memoir.
- The Duke of Sussex’s book, Spare, is set for release on January 10 and he will also be delving into personal subjects in two major interviews.
- This royal news comes as we revealed that Princess Margaret snubbed a fashion icon in an awkward incident she's never forgotten.
Ahead of the official release of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, on January 10 and the airing of two interviews either side of the pond, several outlets have claimed to have seen obtained copies of the highly-anticipated book. Since then shocking revelations have circulated including the claim Prince Harry alleges Prince William “knocked him to the floor” at Nottingham Cottage. Now the first senior royal has stepped out following the leak to attend a prominent industry event.
Princess Anne has consistently been found to be the hardest working royal in recent years, undertaking a huge number of engagements and visits. And she has continued to showcase her unwavering dedication in the wake of the allegations said to be made by her nephew in Spare.
The Princess Royal, who is 16th in the royal line of succession, attended the Oxford Farming Conference on January 5. Held annually, this year’s conference was set to explore systemic solutions to food, climate, biodiversity and energy crises that many people are currently experiencing.
As revealed in a post shared by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association on Twitter, Princess Anne ended the morning session by speaking of the need for people to put their knowledge to good use and to help take farming into the future.
It’s perhaps no surprise that the King’s sister made such an important appearance as she is the honorary president of the conference and it also celebrated its 77th anniversary this year.
HRH The Princess Royal ending the morning session talking about the need for us to make use of our knowledge and take farming into the future. F🌱 #OFC23 pic.twitter.com/jkvah0vjDuJanuary 5, 2023
Though her attendance also marked the first time a senior royal has been seen at a public event or engagement since Prince Harry’s memoir allegations were understood to have been leaked, placing a huge degree of scrutiny upon his family.
Princess Anne didn’t address the memoir in any way during her recent visit as she carried out her duties just as diligently as ever. More revelations are set to come over the coming days as the world also prepares for the release of the Duke of Sussex’s CBS interview with Anderson Cooper and his ITV interview with Tom Bradby ahead of Spare's publication.
Prince Harry’s interview with Tom in particular could bring back sad memories as it’s not the first time he’s got candid with the ITV News at Ten anchor. In a trailer for the interview shared on January 5 - the same day as Princess Anne’s visit - Prince Harry reiterated a sense of hope that he and his family could one day repair their bond.
“The door is always open. The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it,” he declared.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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