Most families have had to help an elderly relative navigate modern technology during lockdown – and the Princess Royal is no exception. The 94-year-old Queen took part in her first pubic video call last month to support the nation’s carers. It has since been revealed that it was Princess Anne who assisted her mother on Zoom to guide her through the new technology.
The video call took place during national carers week in June where her majesty called carers from Windsor Castle.
The Queen joined the Princess Royal on the conference call with four carers living across the UK who have been responsible for looking after family during the coronavirus crisis.
Speaking from a sitting room at the castle, the monarch spent 20 minutes listening to the women about their experiences and asking questions about the pressures they face.
In a sneak preview of an upcoming ITV documentary to mark the royal’s 70th birthday, Anne is seen instructing Her Majesty.
The new documentary, titled Princess Royal: Anne at 70 airs ahead of her milestone birthday in August.
At the start of the clip, Anne is waiting for her mother to enter the call from Windsor Castle.
“It’s Tom here,” the Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary Tom Laing-Baker says as the pair tune in.
“I’m just going to introduce Her Majesty The Queen.”
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The princess was quick to remark: “Actually, you don’t need me. You know what I look like!”
The amusing clip was shared on Twitter by ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship.
Royal fans flooded the comments section praising Anne for her humorous antics.
One social media user wrote: “LOVE THAT! made me smile”
Another added: “Puts a smile to my face!”
A third said: “Brilliant. Princess Anne is great and it’s been lovely watching the Queen Zoom during lockdown. Can’t wait to watch this.”
During the call the monarch spent 20 minutes listening to the women about their experiences and asking questions about the pressures they face.
The new documentary also sees Anne reveal her views about one of social media’s most popular platforms, Twitter.
She said: “I wouldn’t go anywhere near it if you paid me frankly.”
Commenting on social media Anne says: “With online technology… being in touch is one thing but it’s not quite the same.
“The ability to meet people, that’s what makes the difference.
“I mean, I know what Twitter is but I wouldn’t go anywhere near it if you paid me frankly. But that’s a slightly different issue.”