Diana's icy relationship with sister-in-law Princess Anne

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

They lived out their marriages in the public eye and while they seemed to be the picture-perfect family in front of cameras, it turns out things weren’t as peachy behind closed doors for the royal family.

An upcoming two-part documentary, called Paxman on the Queen’s Children, sees journalist Jeremy Paxman explore the lives of the Queen’s children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. He delves into their marriages and what the dynamic was like between them all.

Interestingly, he recalls a frosty moment between Princes Charles’ late wife, Princess Diana and her sister-in-law, Princess Anne.

Princess Diana and Princess Anne are said to have had an icy relationship. Photo: Getty Images

“I remember Diana saying ‘if Anne’s there I’m off’ because Anne would usually say something rather cutting to her’,” Paxman says on the show.

Anne, who is two years younger than Prince Charles, apparently wasn’t a fan of how Diana dealt with her royal engagements, with her warm nature giving her the title of ‘The People’s Princess’ with royal fans.

“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,” royal expert Richard Kay says in the documentary.

“Anne had a much more traditional approach to monarchy and royal duty.”

The late princess is said to have gotten on famously with Prince Andrew. Photo: Getty Images
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were great friends until about a year before Diana died in 1997. Photo: Getty Images

And while she mightn’t have clicked with Charles’ sister, it’s thought Diana had a warm relationship with Prince Andrew, who she grew up with.

The late princess also got along famously with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with the pair pictured together laughing and smiling on numerous occasions.

However, sadly, the pair fell out and Sarah Ferguson revealed that she hasn’t spoken to Diana for over a year when she died in 1997.

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