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Princess Anne goes beyond Prince Charles' views on climate change


Enthusiasm for genetically modified plants and rejection of the effects of climate change and veganism could not be further from Prince Charles's green views.

But these are the very clear opinions of his sister, Princess Anne.

The Queen's extremely independent daughter will give a rare interview next month on the occasion of her 70th birthday and jokes that her conversations with her older brother are necessarily "short" due to their very different opinions.

Charles was openly opposed to genetically modified plants, but Anne counters: “In many parts of the world, using GM in very specific environments has been a huge advantage.

When asked whether she and Charles are having discussions about agriculture, Anne quips: "Yes … occasionally, but rather briefly."

“It is much more likely that you can grow what you need.

“I have to remind people that rapeseed oil was only made non-toxic to humans by the Canadians after the Second World War through genetic engineering of the plant.

"It's (ironically) very popular with all those people who don't like GM."

When asked whether she and Charles are having discussions about agriculture, she quips: "Yes … occasionally, but rather briefly."

"I'm not going the path of climate change"

The princess spoke to Australian Women & # 39; s Weekly magazine about a video call from Gatcombe Park, the 500-acre estate and the Gloucestershire farm where she was locked.

Princes William and Harry and Charles have linked the devastating Australian bushfires of last year to climate change, but Anne said, "I'm not even going the path of climate change.

"I think the way people deal with soil is part of the discussion … Climate change is constantly changing. This has happened throughout the history of the world, so there is nothing new under the sun.

The princess spoke to Australian Women & # 39; s Weekly magazine (Image: The New Zealand Edition) about a video call from Gatcombe Park, the 500-hectare estate and the Gloucestershire farm where she was locked

The princess spoke to Australian Women & # 39; s Weekly magazine (Image: The New Zealand Edition) about a video call from Gatcombe Park, the 500-hectare estate and the Gloucestershire farm where she was locked

The extremely independent daughter of Queen Anne

Anne jokes that her conversations with her older brother Charles are necessarily "short".

The queen's extremely independent daughter, Anne (left), jokes that her conversations with her older brother Charles (right) are necessarily "short" because of their very different opinions

"Somehow we have to learn that our way of life changes. We have to remember to respect what is out there and how to live with it."

With admiration for the indigenous population of Australia, she said: "They have a lot more knowledge and I suspect that their ability to pass on the relevant knowledge is better than we are."

“The First Nations people have a much better understanding of the dangers, and fire would have been a massive danger throughout their existence.

“You know Australia much better than anyone else. I suspect that they already existed in many climate changes. "

Anne on veganism: "You can't have a world without lifestyle"

Anne can be seen on the Australian cover of Women & # 39; s Weekly as well as in the New Zealand edition

Anne can be seen on the Australian cover of Women & # 39; s Weekly as well as in the New Zealand edition

Anne was also open about veganism and said, "You can't have a world without cattle. They are a necessary and very constructive part of our expectation to feed ourselves.

"Perhaps my biggest irritation is that the groups are single … We need cattle as part of the real mix that keeps the country healthy."

Anne's children Peter and Zara and their families live on the neighboring Aston Farm.

She says her grandchildren – both Zara's girls Mia (six) and Lena (two), and Peter Phillips & daughters Savannah (nine) and Isla (eight) – all ride.

"They come over occasionally," she says. “It gives them a change of scene and a little more water to play with.

"I think on the whole you're very lucky to have children growing up on farms.

"You have more time to yourself; There is an expectation that they will actually go out and enjoy themselves. You don't see them every minute of the day. That is pretty important.

Anne declined titles for her children when they were born, as Prince Harry and Meghan did with son Archie

Anne declined titles for her children when they were born, as Prince Harry and Meghan did with son Archie

She says she would live nowhere else in the country and says, "I've never been a city girl. It was never a question of life in London. It was not a world for me." Above her house in Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire

She says she would live nowhere else in the country and says, "I've never been a city girl. It was never a question of life in London. It was not a world for me." Above her house in Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire

“You will also understand that if you have cattle and animals, you take care of cattle and animals. You are not just a radish! If you want one, you have to take care of it.

"So ponies, dogs, whatever … it's all part of the business … you have to try to get the message across that you have to work hard to keep a place like this."

She is not sure whether she will pass Gatcombe on to her. However, it is expensive to admit that your “old” house is expensive.

"My kids did incredibly well"

Anne declined titles for her children when they were born, as Prince Harry and Meghan did with son Archie.

She described a title as a "very mixed blessing". But she said her children did it "incredibly well".

Zara won silver at the team event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was awarded her medal by her mother

Zara won silver at the team event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was awarded her medal by her mother

Daughter Zara, married to former English rugby star Mike Tindall, followed in her mother's footsteps to take part in the equestrian Olympics.

Anne was the first British Queen to take part in the Olympic Games when she competed in equestrian sport at the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976. She also won gold at the European Eventing Championships in 1971 and two silver medals in 1975.

Zara meanwhile won silver at the team event in London in 2012 and was awarded her medal by her mother.

Her son Peter toured South Africa with the Scottish rugby team and now runs a sports entertainment agency.

She says she lives nowhere else in the country and says, "I've never been a city girl. It was never a question of life in London. It was not a world for me."

Anne says that she has been committed to farming for almost five decades and has been accompanied for 27 years by her second husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, who focuses on cattle, sheep, pigs and horses of rare breeds – with the pigs, that are allowed to run around in their forests.

However, she said that she originally had no intention of starting agriculture.

When she received the property as a gift from the Queen after marrying her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, she said that it "had more land than we intended".

Anne added that she still rides her horses every day and described her racehorse named Cloud Formation as "the most beautiful horse with the best behavior I have had in years".

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