Prince Charles’ goddaughter opens up on ‘scratchy underwear’ hand me downs from Princess Anne

Lady Pamela Hicks sheds light on her relationship with the royals as part of a new documentary

Prince Charles' goddaughter, India Hicks attends a private view of "Damien Hirst: Mandalas" at White Cube Gallery on September 19, 2019 in London, England
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Prince Charles' goddaughter has opened up about the 'scratchy underwear' hand-me-downs from Princess Anne in a new documentary.

India Hicks is the daughter of Lady Pamela Hicks, Lord Mountbatten’s daughter and a close friend of the Queen, and she has taken part in a new documentary that sheds light on what life is like for those who are close to the royals.

In the ITV documentary, My Years With The Queen, both Lady Pamela, and India give viewers and insight into their close ties with the Royal Family and while you'd expect the royals to wear only the best bra and best shapewear, it appears their undergarments were not up to standard.

Speaking about the hand-me-downs, India recalled, “It was entirely practical stuff handed from the Queen to my aunt, to my mother. I remember my sister and I going through the bags. I was the last little recipient of Princess Anne's chill-proof thermal underwear, thank you very much. Actually, I'd like to correct myself. They weren't even thermal. They were wool, and very scratchy.”

Prince Charles' goddaughter, An official family photo taken on 29 July 1981, the wedding day of Prince Charles (C-R) and Lady Diana (C-L), the Princess of Wales. Back Row, from L - R: Mark Phillips, Prince Andrew, Viscount Linley, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, the Princely Couple, Ruth, Lady Fermoy (the bride's grandmother), Lady Jane Fellowes (the bride's sister), Viscount Althorp (Diana's brother) and Robert Fellowes. Center row, from L - R: Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, India Hicks, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Mrs. Shand Kydd (Diana's mother) Count Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquedale (Diana's sister), Neil McCorquedale. Front row: ushers and bridesmaids.

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India is pictured on the official royal photographs of Prince Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981 and talks about the underwear in the documentary, which is mainly focused on Lady Pamela and her relationship with the Queen.

But India's comments will come as a surprise to many. and it comes after Princess Anne was told to de-clutter her room after sharing a rare snap with fans from her Scottish residence.

Princess Anne turned 70 earlier this year and her birthday milestone was marked with a documentary. And now as the Queen approaches her 95th birthday milestone, a documentary looking at people's relationships with the Queen is set to be aired.

Speaking about the new ITV documentary, India explained it was “great fun” to film.

She said, “While I knew some of the stories, there were other moments where I was genuinely going 'really?!' It was great fun to do. It always is when I get to do something with my mother. She has a real twinkle in her eyes still, and a great spirit.”

The documentary airs tonight, 1st April on ITV and will be available on catch up via the ITV hub.

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.