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Princess Anne ends project with secret nods to Meghan Markle and Prince Charles

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Princess Anne officially closed the successful Save the Story campaign launched in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic by Save the Children, one of her most beloved patronages. At the beginning of the last video part of this initiative, Princess Anne said: “May I offer my thanks to everyone who has taken part in the Save The Stories campaign, either through providing a book, reading a story or donating to the campaign. 

“All funds raised are helping Save the Children to support families who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis.

“And I thank you all for your contribution and support.

“As patron of Save the Children, I am very pleased to be reading to you the final book in the campaign Thomas and The Royal Engine, which was created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry”.

Sitting at her home in Gloucestershire, the Princess Royal silently showed her affection for her brother Prince Charles. 

Royal fans were quick to spot a framed picture of Princess Anne and Prince Charles laughing during a royal engagement positioned on a chest of drawers behind her sofa chair.

Released as part of the celebrations for the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday, the photograph was taken in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace ahead of the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018.

Royal fan account Kate’s Rangers wrote on Instagram: “Love the photo of Charles next to you whilst reading a story that includes him!”

The Princess Royal’s video, shared by Save the Children UK on its Instagram account as part of its latest campaign, was reminiscent of another clip shared by the association showing a different royal household reading a children’s book.

In May, Save the Children shared a video showing the Duchess of Sussex reading Duck! Rabbit, a book by the AKR Foundation, to her son Archie Harrison.

The video was filmed by Prince Harry, who can at times be heard laughing behind the scenes.

In the adorable clip, her curious son helps Meghan turn pages while she reads out loud.  

As it was shared on May 6, the video also marked Archie’s first birthday.

Over the past few months, actors including Emilia Clarke, Carey Mulligan and High Grant has read a children’s story from their homes.

Princess Anne’s latest video appearance was particularly appreciated by royal fans, who showered her with praises on social media. 

Twitter user Teejay wrote: “I Red heart Princess Anne.

“She’s no BS, loves her family, understands her role and gets on with it.”

Lawrence Lean thanked the Princess Royal for choosing to read a Thomas the Tank Engine book and reminding him just how much he used to love the book series by Reverend Awdry.

He wrote: “My kids and I loved Thomas and his train buddies. 

“I kept all the wooden trains we bought and tracks, for grandkids if my sons get going!

“Ty your @RoyalFamily for the reminder today: it brought me joy.”

And Cathy highlighted how deep is the connection between Princess Anne and Save the Children.

She wrote on Twitter: “She’s associated with Save the Children forever.

“It’s about the only royal patronage that when I hear it mentioned I think of its patron”.

Princess Anne has been for several years one of the hardest working members of the Royal Family both for the number of engagements carried out and for the numbers of day worked.

The Queen’s only daughter is also patron and president of hundreds of charities and associations.     

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