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Charles is ‘closer than ever’ to his most important confidant Princess Anne

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As Charles III struggles with his new role, Princess Anne has emerged as a key confidant to the new king.

Besides his mom, she’s been a mainstay in his life — and insiders say they’re closer than ever now.

They were born just 21 months apart and grew up closest to the siblings – both were teenagers by the time their parents’ third child, Prince Andrew, started primary school.

Inevitably, given the protected environment of the royal family, they forged a special bond that went beyond that with their younger brothers.

As Charles III struggles with his new role, Princess Anne has emerged as a key confidant to the new king. The siblings are pictured together at the Highland Games on September 3, just days before their mother’s death

They are known for enjoying each other’s company and share the same sense of humour, love of the countryside and affection for all things Scottish.

But in adulthood, Anne has also respected their various roles and the constitutional fate of her older brother.

The chatter between brother and sister that occurs in so many families was supported in her case by a quiet respect.

Their relationship has been compared to that of Queen Elizabeth II with her younger sister Princess Margaret.

Now, as was once the case with his mother, Charles is an inexperienced monarch in need of a trusted ear, someone with whom he can share confidence – and, increasingly, ask for advice.

The fact that Charles and his sister were the only siblings present meant that they were able to grieve briefly together, further cementing their unique relationship.  Princess Anne is pictured on September 10 attending a service at Crathie Kirk Church near Balmoral following her mother's death

The fact that Charles and his sister were the only siblings present meant that they were able to grieve briefly together, further cementing their unique relationship. Princess Anne is pictured on September 10 attending a service at Crathie Kirk Church near Balmoral following her mother’s death

Neither the king nor his sister would certainly have wanted the only siblings present at their mother’s bedside when she died at Balmoral Castle, but it is clear that Andrew and Edward, who were driving a car driven by Prince William, were unable to reach the castle in time.

The fact that Charles and his sister were the only siblings present meant that they were able to grieve briefly together, further cementing their unique relationship.

It is still unclear whether the King will give Anne a new title alongside that of Princess Royal – the highest honor bestowed by the Monarch on a female member of the Royal Family.

Anne became the seventh Princess Royal in 1987. Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, was the first to receive the title in 1642.

But whatever Anne’s formal title, the evidence suggests her importance to King Charles will be close to that of the Queen and Prince of Wales.

Born just 21 months apart, Charles and Anne grew closest to the siblings (pictured in 1970) - both were teenagers by the time their parents' third child, Prince Andrew, started primary school

Born just 21 months apart, Charles and Anne grew closest to the siblings (pictured in 1970) – both were teenagers by the time their parents’ third child, Prince Andrew, started primary school

A sign of the Princess Royal’s elevation in the royal hierarchy is that tomorrow she will accompany her mother’s coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, to London.

The coffin is flown to RAF Northolt and taken by road to Buckingham Palace.

She has a deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working members of the royal family, carrying out 387 official engagements last year – two more than her older brother.

Both easily outperformed the workload of the next much sought-after Royal, Prince William, who registered 235.

Patron of more than 300 charities and organizations, and with more than 20,000 official commissions already under her belt, the 72-year-old princess will be the stronghold supporting King Charles’ plan to shrink the monarchy.

There is also the issue of reassigning Queen Elizabeth’s more than 600 patronages.

These are automatically transferred to King Charles, as sovereign, and he must decide which to pass to senior Royals and which to drop.

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