PETER PHILLIPS made a shock comparison between his mother princess Anne and his sister Zara Tindall, reveals an emerged interview.
The Royal emphasized the similarities between the two riders in a video interview with Zara, uploaded to YouTube in 2010. He said: “They are both very independent. There are a number of other words that could make you fall out of that independence.”
Peter, described as a successful marketing manager, was asked to give examples of other words he would use to describe these two family members.
Zara laughed and joked: “You must be nice now!”
Peter considered the question before summing up: “Stubborn, determined, focused, choose whichever you want.”
Zara answered: “Hardworking!”, To which Peter quickly said, “Yes, exactly, hardworking!”
Zara laughed again, and Peter said, “No, seriously! And all in the best possible ways.
“But Zara would not have got to where she came in her sporting role without having the obstinacy and independence of her mother.”
This comparison will be surprising to some since Zara is often seen as a softer character than her fiercely independent and free-spirited mother.
That said, in many ways, Zara’s career has mirrored her mother’s image.
Princess Anne achieved relatively young success in equestrian sports and won the European Eventing Championships in 1971 at the age of 21.
She received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year that same year and was later selected to represent Great Britain at the 1976 Olympic Games.
In the meantime, Zara won the World Eventing Championships in 2006 at the age of 25 and was also awarded the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
She participated in the 2012 London Olympics as part of the UK Eventing Team and won a silver medal.
Zara married Mike Tindall in 2011 but continued to use her maiden name Phillips until March 2016 when she first took part in the name Zara Tindall.
Zara and Mike have two daughters, Mia Grace, 4, and Lena Elizabeth, 1.
Reflecting on her mother’s support during her career, Zara said: “Winning is one of the best feelings in the world.
“And having your family there and Mommy is part of it and you can see it doing makes it much more special.”
Both brothers and sisters agreed that the free spirit of their mother meant that they could live their lives in the same way.
Peter said: ‘I would go all the way back to her, whether she would give us titles or not – and she said, rightly so, no.
“And I think that goes back to her parents who give her the right to choose.”
Anne and her former husband Mark Phillips decided not to give Peter and Zara royal titles and to take them away from the normal royal lifestyle.
Despite this, Anne herself has been a dedicated royal kingdom and was officially the hardest working royal last year.
68-year-old Princess Royal attended 447 engagements in the UK and 71 overseas in 2018, according to The Times.
Meanwhile, her elder brother Prince Charles, who is the heir, performed 298 engagements in the UK and 109 overseas in 2018.