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EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Why Princess Anne remains the designated royal for the Scots 

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Why Princess Anne remains the preferred royal family for the Scots

Princess Anne may have sputtered about her breakfast porridge after reports that brother Andrew would be spending more time in Scotland as part of his now-abandoned ‘rehabilitation programme’. With another independence referendum looming, the palace would like to emphasize that Anne remains the designated royal for the Scots – a position she took in 1999 to coincide with devolution and the creation of a Scottish parliament.

Andrew’s effort would have immediately undone all of Anne’s hard work. Her second marriage was in Crathie Kirk, both children were educated in Gordonstoun and she is the only royal who knows the words for Flower Of Scotland. Should Scotland decide it wants an alternative head of state for the Queen, Anne would be a logical choice.

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

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

Prince Harry sent his 96th birthday greetings to his grandmother, the Queen, via his Archewell platform. Since he does not suggest a thawing of the permafrost in his relationship with William, so far he has not sent a public happy 40th to his brother. Would he and Meghan still be hurting Kate and William not attending daughter Lilibet’s first birthday party over the anniversary weekend?

Thinking back to a tennis match with Sir Elton John, former British number one John Lloyd says: ‘Elton would see balls that were clearly out as in and vice versa. Once or twice I could accept, but eight or nine times? That’s just cheating.’ He added diplomatically, “Then I thought, ‘A nice guy like Elton, he wouldn’t do that to me’.” So I had to conclude that it was a problem with its specs. Fame for Elton apparently had a devastating effect on his eyesight.”

Former Newsnight host Emma Barnett, pictured, has acquired a new skill: washing her hair properly. “During the lockdown we had no hair and makeup on Newsnight and my mother said to me, ‘You know we can see the back of your hair and that needs to be addressed,'” she tells the Happy Place podcast. † “I didn’t learn it until I was 37.” Did she succeed? Now presenting BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, who knows!

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

Ex-BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil comments: ‘I see the BBC News Channel and BBC World News merging. That was an important part of my ‘manifesto’ when I applied for the position of Director General in 1999 – just for fun, I knew there was no chance. Just think how much I could have saved the license payer in the past 23 years!’

Michael Parkinson, not known for the Jeremy Kyle-type revelations, has added a disclaimer by ABC TV to reruns of his Australian interviews, stating: ‘The following program expresses an attitude that is not up to today’s standards and that some may offend viewers.’ Is it because in his interview with ex-Australia Prime Minister Bob Hawke, he says of union officials, “They have about as much personality as a cigar-shop Indian.” Living on the edge, Parky!

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