Ephraim Hardcastle: Why Princess Anne remains the designated royal for the Scots

Ephraim Hardcastle: Why Princess Anne remains the designated royal for the Scots

princess anne That may have been shattered over his breakfast porridge over reports that Brother Andrew was to spend more time in Scotland as part of his now abandoned ‘rehabilitation’ programme. With another independence referendum looming, the Palace is keen to insist that Anne remains the designated royal for Scots – a position she adopted in 1999 with the transfer and establishment of the Scottish Parliament.

Andrew’s deployment would immediately end all of Anne’s hard work. Her second marriage was to Crathy Kirk, both children were educated at Gordonstoun and she is the only royal who knows the words of the Flower of Scotland. Should Scotland decide whether it wants an alternate head of state QueenSo Anne would be a natural choice.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal at the parade ring during Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot Racecourse on June 16, 2022 in Ascot, England

Prince Harry sent his grandmother the Queen a happy 96th birthday via his ArchWell platform. She has yet to send her brother the 40th public happy, suggesting a melting of permafrost in his relationship with William. Have he and Meghan still failed to attend daughter Lillibet’s first birthday party during Kate and William’s jubilee weekend?

Recalling a tennis match with Sir Elton John, former British number one John Lloyd says: ‘Elton would see balls that were clearly outside, clearly inside and vice versa. Once or twice I could accept, but eight or nine times? It is just plain hoax.’ He added diplomatically: ‘Then I thought, ‘A nice guy like Elton, he certainly wouldn’t do that to me. So, I had to conclude that it was a problem with his glasses. The fame appears to have had a disastrous effect on his vision for Elton.’

Former Newsnight host Emma Barnett, pictured, has mastered a new skill — washing her hair properly. ‘During lockdown, we had no hair and makeup on newsnight and my mom told me, ‘You know we can see the back of your hair and need to deal with it’, she told the Happy Place podcast Tells. ‘I learned to do it at the age of 37.’ Has she succeeded? Now introducing BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, who can tell!

Emma Barnett attends the WOW Foundation X Bloomberg Dinner to celebrate the WOW: Women of the World festival at The Magazine, Serpentine North on March 10, 2022 in London, England

Emma Barnett attends the WOW Foundation X Bloomberg Dinner to celebrate the WOW: Women of the World festival at The Magazine, Serpentine North on March 10, 2022 in London, England

Former BBC broadcaster Andrew Neill noted: ‘I see a fusion of BBC News Channel and BBC World News. It was an important part of my “manifesto” when I applied to become Director General in 1999 – just for fun, I knew there was no chance. Just imagine how much I could have saved the licensor in the last 23 years!’

Michael Parkinson, who is not famous for Jeremy Kyle-type shock revelations, has added a disclaimer to ABC TV’s re-run of his Australian interviews, stating: ‘The following program expresses such attitudes. Which are not in line with the current standards and may annoy some viewers. This is because in his interview with former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, he says of trade union officials: ‘He has as much personality as a cigar store Indian.’ Live on the edge, Parkie!