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Laid back Princess Anne breaks unwritten tradition in first interview since Philip's death

Prince Philip's 'broad interests' discussed by Princess Anne

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9 and was laid to rest on April 17 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The Princess Royal took part in her first interview since April with ITV.

According to the Mirror, a royal fan spotted Anne had crossed her legs while speaking to ITV’s Chris Ship.

They tweeted: "#princessanne sitting like a normal woman with her legs crossed instead of the ridiculous “royal position” of uncrossed."

Female royals usually favour the modest and flattering "Duchess Slant" when wearing a skirt, or at least straight-legged.

Etiquette expert Myka Meier told People most royals adopt the Duchess Slant, which involves putting your knees and ankles together, slanting your legs to the side and placing hands on your lap.

READ MORE: Princess Anne’s marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles ‘out of the question'

Princess Anne on ITV June 10 2021

Princess Anne news: The Princess Royal crossed her legs in her first interview since Prince Philip’s death (Image: ITV)

Princess Anne and Chris Ship on ITV June 10 2021

Princess Anne news: Female royals usually favour the modest and flattering ‘Duchess Slant’ when wearing a skirt (Image: ITV)

In the ITV interview, Anne spoke about the impact of Philip’s death on the Royal Family.

The Princess said her family “all have to move on”, but added Philip’s death made public his “can do” nature.

She told Mr Ship: “If anything broke, there was always a thought of 'have a look at this and see if you can mend it'.

"He didn't throw things away, and that often comes from your own family background.

“Anyone that goes through the Royal Navy training and spends such a long time on a ship, you have to mend and make do.

"Make things work - be practical and adjust."

Princess Anne on ITV June 10 2021

Princess Anne news: Myka Meier said the Duchess Slant involves putting your knees and ankles together, slanting your legs to the side, and placing your hands on your lap (Image: ITV)

The Princess Royal watches the racing at Cheltenham, accompanied on the Royal balcony by Andrew Parker Bowles MARCH 17 1994

Princess Anne news: The Princess Royal ran afoul of royal protocol when attempting to marry Andrew Parker Bowles (Image: PA)

Express.co.uk timeline of Princess Anne's life

Princess Anne news: Anne was speaking to ITV about her father Prince Philip’s legacy (Image: EXPRESS)

Princess Anne was presenting an award for engineering at the time of the interview.

The medal is named after her father and reflects their shared passion for the subject.

According to ITV, the Royal Academy of Engineering had been planning to issue a special centenary award of The Prince Philip Medal to mark his birthday.

The medal recognises an individual’s contribution to engineering and has been awarded to a female for the first time in its 30-year history.

The Princess Royal presented the award to Dr Gladys West to honour how her work modelling the earth’s surface led to the development of GPS satellite positioning.

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