While the Queen was absent at the christening of Prince Harry’s first-born son with wife Meghan Markle, baby Archie, it was Anne who was a no-show when Harry himself was christened back in 1984. Her non-appearance, despite being invited by parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana, was widely seen as a rude snub at the time.
Anne and then-husband Mark Phillips instead went shooting on their Gatecombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.
This was reportedly due to her fury about being overlooked as a godmother, again. She was also snubbed by Charles and Diana when they announced Prince William’s godparents.
The move also outraged Prince Philip, with royal correspondent Ashley Walton writing at the time: ‘There were rumours that Charles and his father were not on speaking terms as a result.’
Touring Australia a year later, Anne was asked on local TV if the snub rumours were true.
‘Usually, it is not worth saying anything because the fact that it was just a story in the first place, you know they will take anything you say and it will come out on their side,’ she replied, when a simple no would have done nicely.
Pressed further, she answered, ‘Yes, it was a great shame that we missed the christening.
‘But I was only given the choice of one day.
‘As far as we were concerned, it was a date my husband had fixed and he was away in Australia when all this came up.
‘It was actually one of those rare occasions when we had actually made a plan a long way in advance, which is rare with us.
‘We had received a lot of hospitality from people over the years and this was really one move.