In Relatable News, Princess Anne Has to Help Her Mom (Yes, the Queen) with Video Calls

In this age of Zoom meetings, FaceTime hangouts and virtual happy hours, who among us hasn't struggled—or watched someone struggle—with technology? As it turns out, even Queen Elizabeth has to endure tech snafus, as evidenced by this funny clip from a preview for a new documentary about Princess Anne in honor of her upcoming 70th birthday.

In the short clip, Princess Anne can be seen walking her mom through the beginning of a video conference call. "Can you see everybody? You should have six people on your screen," Anne says.

Calling in from Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth responds, "Yes, well, I can see four anyway," to which her daughter cheekily replies, "Ok fair enough. Actually, you don't need me. You know what I look like."

This isn't the first time members of the royal family have opened up about the struggles of communicating digitally. Back in April, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat down for a rare remote interview with the BBC and opened up about how they are communicating with their parents and grandparents while self-isolating at their country home in Norfolk.

“As you can imagine, the younger generation are a little bit more tech-savvy, but only just,” he continued. Was that some slight royal shade we detected, Prince William? “I think we’re getting there now. The family is getting a little bit more used to be able to contact each other and pressing the right buttons and not dropping the computer halfway through.” 

“It’s so true,” Kate Middleton agreed. “And I think your father and my parents and our families have really loved keeping in touch with the children because it’s really hard. It gets a bit hectic, I am not going to lie, with a two-year-old.” 

Honestly, though, this isn't too shabby for a 94-year-old.

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