Uh-oh! Can we expect some drama in the Queen’s court?
Queen Elizabeth’s cousin by marriage, Princess Michael of Kent, has ruffled a few feathers over comments she made about the royal family in a recent interview.
The princess sat down with disgraced newspaper tycoon, Conrad Black, to promote her new historical novel, and immediately refused to discuss Britain's most famous family.
But once the interview began, the 69-year-old changed her tune, commenting on William and Kate, the older generation of royals, and even the late Princess Diana.
“Of course we're thrilled to have a beautiful young married couple with a baby,” the princess said when asked about new parents William and Kate.
“Let's hope there are more marriages soon because I think to have that young generation is terribly good for the people.”
The Austrian-Hungarian-born princess didn’t stop there when discussing the good of the country.
“The people love to see happy young people and I think the older generation are a bit boring for most people,” she continued.
But perhaps the most interesting part of the interview came when Black quizzed the author on the late Princess Diana.
“She was my next door neighbor at Kensington Palace and I must say I was very fond of her, very attached to her,” the princess gushed about the beloved beauty. “She had an enormous amount of goodness in her.”
But she believes that Diana’s lack of education made handling the spotlight more difficult for the young princess.
“Like probably many people of little education who find themselves, like pop stars or film stars, suddenly lauded by the whole world, it is very difficult if you have not had a mother bringing you up who was quite stern and strict,” explained the royal.
“She did not have a mother bring her up and she did not have much education, so it is much harder to cope with eulogy.”
Princess Diana (L) with Princess Michael of Kent
Not surprisingly, the princess has stirred up controversy with her remarks.
Royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell called her statements “rubbish,” and Ashley Walton, co-author of a book about Prince Philip, said, “Philip is 93 this year, but he is anything but boring.”
This isn’t the first time the Princess of Kent has found herself in hot water. She once commented: “I always knew that when people who aren’t like us claim that hereditary rank is not part of human nature, they must be wrong,” and has been dubbed “Princess Pushy” by many media outlets.
This latest interview probably won't earn her a nicer nickname.
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