But Anne doesn't make it easy. She says that, at the risk of sounding like a “boring old fuddy-duddy at the back," the younger generation of royals should not try to "reinvent the wheel," especially when it comes to philanthropy.
When speaking of her time spent working with the Save the Children foundation, she says that her boots-on-the-ground approach to service is something the working royals must embrace.
“I don’t think this younger generation probably understands what I was doing in the past and it’s often true, isn’t it? You don’t necessarily look at the previous generation and say, ‘Oh, you did that?’ Or, ‘You went there?’ Nowadays, they’re much more looking for, ‘Oh let’s do it a new way.’ And I’m already at the stage, ‘Please do not reinvent that particular wheel. We’ve been there, done that. Some of these things don’t work. You may need to go back to basics,'" Anne said.
Is that a reference to Meghan and Harry's newly announced Archewell Foundation? Or even a reference to Kate and William's recent upgrades to their Royal Foundation website? Or just a broad generalization of the roles royals play in today's world? It's hard to say, but the queen's second child did avoid getting too political with any of her statements.