A Princess Royal ret­ro­spec­tive

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YOU COULD LET me tell you that the Princess Royal is a comic ge­nius, or you could just take a look at her mid-’80s in­ter­view with Michael Parkin­son, in which she in­sou­ciantly de­scribes the time in 1974 when she was al­most kid­napped (no, re­ally) by a men­tally ill gun­man. She’s all raised eye­brows and smirks, and the stu­dio au­di­ence sounds like a laugh­ter track. ‘He said I had to go with him,’ the Princess re­calls ca­su­ally, be­fore adding with mock thought­ful­ness, ‘I can’t re­mem­ber why.’ Gig­gling. ‘He got the door back open,’ she con­tin­ues later, ‘and in the process, the back of my dress split… all the shoul­ders went out of it. And that’ – she smirks, to the de­light of the au­di­ence – ‘was his most dan­ger­ous mo­ment.’ — Tom Ough

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