Fans tell Princess Anne to ‘de-clutter’ after she shares a glimpse inside her home

'I love Princess Anne. I bet she's had that sofa for 50 years'

Princess Anne wearing a mask
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It's not often we get a candid look inside the Royal Family's private homes, but Princess Anne has provided fans with an intimate look at her personal space inside Gatcome Park.  

Princess Anne has been house-shamed over her 'clutter' by fans who spotted the lived-in state of the royal residency in a photo shared to celebrate one of her patronages.

The second eldest of Queen Elizabeth's children gave a brief glimpse into her private life at Gatcombe Park as she invited fans to celebrate with her and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence the momentous victory of Scotland at the 150th Calcutta Cup.  

Scotland snatched the cup for the first time in 38 years by winning against the English rugby team on Sunday and the Royal Family Twitter account sent a message on behalf of Princess Anne. And behind the Princess in the video, fans could see her gorgeous sage green curtains.

The tweet read, "As @Scotlandteam’s Patron, the Princess Royal often supports the team from the stands. HRH and Vice Admiral Sir Tim cheered Scotland on from home today as they played England for the Calcutta Cup, 150 years since their first match. Well played, Scotland!"

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of the Princess sitting on her sofa in her living room next to her husband as the two watched the match on television.

But while some fans were excited to see inside their home, others picked up on the 'cluttered' surroundings as the couple looked at the TV in the room filled with books, statuettes of dogs and horses, and paintings.

One wrote, "I bet Princess Anne is desperate to shout from the rooftops how much she enjoyed that win. What a great tweet from the Royal Family, and straight after the game."

Another put, "I love this!! She's so passionate about the Scots rugby and is so close with the team this is so sweet."

A third commented on the objects on display in the Princess Royal's living room, "Anne's living room full of dogs, military items & books? No surprises here!" And a fourth fan added, "I love Princess Anne. I bet she's had that sofa for 50 years."

But some fans felt uncomfortable by how many belongings were in the room. One fan commented, "I feel a little claustrophobic just looking at all the stuff in their living room!" 

Another fan wrote, "Thank you HRH but please declutter, that would play havoc with my OCD." Another added, "and I was worried about my clutter."

However, other fans loved the relatable nature of her family room. One fan commented, "I don’t see anything wrong, it looks comfortable and casual, not a bit pretentious." Another agreed, "Love to see that their TV watching room is as cluttered as the average commoner, maybe more so!"

Royal author Phil Dampier supported Anne on Twitter. He wrote, "Good to see a bit of clutter! No minimalism here."

It has been reported that since the Duke of Edinburgh's death, Princess Anne is expected to continue her father's legacy as fuss-free Princess Anne 'commands the respect' needed to honor Prince Philip after his death

Princess Anne has been very busy with royal engagements over the past few weeks and only recently travelled to Dorset to celebrate the first anniversary of the 13th Signal Regiment.

People are loving Princess Anne's active role and many took to social media to share their delight. One fan said, "HRH the Princess Royal is one of the hardest working women I have ever known about. I think she has been invaluable to the Monarchy."

Another fan commented, "Love Princess Anne - always committed to duty and service."

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.