The Princess Royal described a member of the London Olympics committee as “the most stupid in world sport“, unaware that her microphone was on the entire time.
In honour of the Princess Royal‘s upcoming 70th birthday on 15 August, ITV produced a documentary titled Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, looking back at her life in the spotlight.
Several individuals who know the Queen’s only daughter paid homage to her in the film, including Sebastian Coe, who chaired the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In the documentary, Mr Coe recalled working with Princess Anne during the Olympic Games.
The Princess Royal is the president of the British Olympic Association and a former Olympian herself.
The World Athletics president spoke about a time when he and the royal were speaking with members of the London Olympics committee.
“I do remember after a rather long-winded interjection by one of the committee members she’s actually forgotten to turn her microphone off,” Mr Coe said.
He described the incident as one of his “favourite moments”.
“She managed to utter the immortal words: ‘I think this person is probably the most stupid person in world sport.’ And this echoed around the room.”
In 1971, Princess Anne was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, a title also given to her daughter, Zara Phillips, in 2006.
The Princess Royal and her daughter both share a love of sport, and Zara Tindall did have some interesting things to say about her mother Princess Anne in the ITV documentary.
Zara and her brother Peter do not have royal titles and have working lives completely separate to the Royal Family.
They expressed their amazement at how much their mother still does in the ITV documentary.
Zara also commented on how her mother is like “a sponge” in that she can seemingly take in huge amounts of information with ease.
Anne’s daughter said: “She’s like a sponge, it’s unbelievable the information that is stored in her brain.
“It’s incredible. It’s quite annoying as well.”
Peter agreed: “It is quite annoying, yes.”