Royal news: Princess Anne’s classmate reveals her very rebellious streak at school

Royal news: Princess Anne's classmate reveals her very rebellious streak at school

> Princess Anne’s classmate has shared some entertaining anecdotes about her time at school with the Queen’s daughter, ahead of the Princess Royal’s milestone 70th birthday

It sounds like Princess Anne had a bit of a rebellious streak at school. The Princess Royal’s classmate, Sandra de Laszlo, has shared some entertaining anecdotes about her time at school with Anne, in an ITV documentary that will air next week.

 

Sandra added of her royal school friend: “And, anyway we did that a few times. She was a very normal teenager. She was sensible and fun.”

Sandra also spoke about the attention the Queen’s daughter gained from the press during her time boarding at Benenden School. Anne was the first daughter of a monarch to be educated outside of palace walls aged 13.

Royal news: Princess Anne's classmate reveals her very rebellious streak at school

“There was a… possibly a general instruction not to talk to the press. But the paparazzi did exist then,” Sandra revealed. “I don’t recall intrusion at school but on the public road they were quite keen to photograph her. So there was a sense of looking after her.

In the documentary, which is being released to mark Anne’s milestone 70th birthday next month, the Princess Royal opened up about how she was “one of the girls”. She was treated the same way as her fellow classmates, at the request of the Queen.

Royal news: Princess Anne's classmate reveals her very rebellious streak at school

“I did volunteer to go to school. I have to say. And I was thrilled. School was much more interesting,” said Anne, who was previously home-schooled by a governess.

“For me of course, it was education at a different level,” she added. “And the fact that you were doing it with a group of people, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. And I got on very well with our Headmistress, Miss [E B Clarke]. But most people were terrified of her.

“We used to have quite interesting conversations and she was fascinating. Didn’t happen all that often but I was always intrigued by what people were so frightened of [laughs].”

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