Flying under the radar! Princess Anne carries her own bags as she arrives at JFK airport for commercial flight home after a VERY low-key visit to New York with hardly any press or photo ops

  • Princess Royal, 72, cut an understated figure as she arrived at JFK in New York 
  • Anne could be seen carrying her own bags as she walked through the airport 
  • Came after a low-key visit where she carried out four royal engagements
  • Anne is first senior royal to visit the US since Harry and Meghan’s Oprah sit-down

By Harriet Johnston For Mailonline

Published: 04:22 AEDT, 6 October 2022 | Updated: 06:02 AEDT, 6 October 2022

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Princess Anne cut an understated figure as she arrived at JFK airport to catch a commercial flight home after a low-key visit to New York this week.

The Princess Royal, 72, could be seen carrying two of her own bags as she walked through the airport earlier today, having been on a whirlwind tour of the city this week.

The Queen’s daughter carried out an impressive four royal engagements on a whirlwind tour of New York City yesterday as she became the first senior royal to visit the US since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to California in 2020.

Her visit to the US is the first trip made by a senior member of the Royal Family since Harry and Meghan stepped down as working royals and moved to Santa Barbara, California, shortly before the pandemic.

Princess Anne, 72, cut an understated figure as she arrived at JFK airport to catch a commercial flight home after a low-key visit to New York this week

Princess Anne, 72, cut an understated figure as she arrived at JFK airport to catch a commercial flight home after a low-key visit to New York this week

The Princess Royal, 72, could be seen carrying two of her own bags as she walked through the airport earlier today, having been on a whirlwind tour of the city this week

The Princess Royal, 72, could be seen carrying two of her own bags as she walked through the airport earlier today, having been on a whirlwind tour of the city this week

Arriving at the airport, the Princess Royal was dressed in a smart black outfit, with black tailored trousers and a dark blazer.

Meanwhile she wrapped up against the cool New York weather with a thick polo neck jumper.

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The mother-of-two added a pop of colour to her outfit with a white and black neck scarf, which she wore around her neck. 

The understated royal could be seen carrying a number of her own bags for the outing, including a handbag and a large green backpack style bag.

Arriving at the airport, the Princess Royal was dressed in a smart black outfit, with black tailored trousers and a dark blazer

Arriving at the airport, the Princess Royal was dressed in a smart black outfit, with black tailored trousers and a dark blazer

The mother-of-two added a pop of colour to her outfit with a white and black neck scarf, which she wore around her neck

The mother-of-two added a pop of colour to her outfit with a white and black neck scarf, which she wore around her neck and also wore a dangling set of pearl earrings

Meanwhile she also appeared to be wearing a dangling set of pearl earrings.  

The Princess Royal, 72, proved why she is often dubbed the ‘hardest working royal’ as she made a surprise appearance in the east-coast city to visit several different sites and present awards. 

After arriving at John F Kennedy Airport on Tuesday, the Princess Royal was greeted by His Majesty’s Consul-General for New York, Mrs Emma Wade-Smith, and was later the guest of honour at a gala dinner for the English Speaking Union at the Cosmopolitan Club. 

Before attending the dinner, Anne, who is the honorary chair of the Campaign for Illuminating Future Generations, also took a trip on the Staten Island ferry to attend the National Lighthouse Museum, and then attended a Reception at the View at the Battery.

The understated royal could be seen carrying a number of her own bags for the outing, including a handbag and a large green backpack style bah

The understated royal could be seen carrying a number of her own bags for the outing, including a handbag and a large green backpack style bah

Princess Anne, who was in New York for a whirlwind trip where she completed four engagements, appeared pensive as she walked through the airport

Princess Anne, who was in New York for a whirlwind trip where she completed four engagements, appeared pensive as she walked through the airport 

While the royal was accompanied by security, she appeared to carry her own luggage for the visit today

While the royal was accompanied by security, she appeared to carry her own luggage for the visit today 

Like any traveller through the airport, the Princess Royal could be seen looking around as she made her way through the terminal

Like any traveller through the airport, the Princess Royal could be seen looking around as she made her way through the terminal 

The Princess Royal then attended the Residence of His Majesty’s Consul-General for New York to present honours, before whizzing off to the gala dinner held by the Gordonstoun American Foundation at the Racquet and Tennis Club on Park Avenue, which she attended in her role as patron of the Campaign for Gordonstoun. 

It is also the first visit since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with veteran broadcaster Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, in which they made allegations of racism about a senior member of the family, whom they did not name.

But royal fans who may have feared a frosty reception for the Princess Royal amid the rift were no doubt relieved to see Anne welcomed with open arms by New Yorkers. 

Speaking to Oprah last year, the Duchess of Sussex, who was pregnant with her youngest child Lilibet at the time, recalled the discussions she allegedly had with members of The Firm while she was carrying her eldest child, Archie.

She claimed there were ‘conversations and concerns about how dark his skin might be when he is born’.

Princess Anne, 72, took a trip on the Staten Island ferry yesterday as part of her whirlwind tour of New York

Princess Anne, 72, took a trip on the Staten Island ferry yesterday as part of her whirlwind tour of New York

The Princess Royal also carried out royal engagements just days after the Queen's funeral as she met with naval officers at the Portsmouth Naval Base

The Princess Royal also carried out royal engagements just days after the Queen’s funeral as she met with naval officers at the Portsmouth Naval Base 

The allegation sent shockwaves throughout the Royal Family, though Harry and Meghan declined to name the member of the family who had asked the question.

‘That conversation, I am never going to share,’ he told the interviewer. 

The couple later clarified it was neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh.

In response to the interview, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II issued an unprecedented statement expressing her sadness for Harry and Meghan’s experience within The Firm.

She said: ‘The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

‘The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.’

Since the interview aired, which sparked reports of a deepening rift between Harry and Meghan and The Firm, no senior member of the Royal Family has paid a visit to the US.

Meanwhile the couple have continued to build a life for themselves in Santa Barbara, where Harry plays for the Los Padres polo team and Meghan has launched her podcast, Archetypes, which has topped the Spotify streaming charts.

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoy huge success in the US, some royal fans may have assumed other senior royals might not be so popular – but Anne’s New York visit put those rumours to bed.

Princess Anne’s trip to the US marked her second official appearance since the death of Her Majesty, following a visit to Portsmouth Naval Base where she met Royal Navy Personnel involved in the Queen’s funeral, just a few days after the service. 

The Princess Royal's trip to the US is the first from a senior royal since Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021

The Princess Royal’s trip to the US is the first from a senior royal since Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021

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She’s just like her mother, all class and no nonsense. Love her !

Can you imagine if Meghan was in Princess Anne’s place in this trip? She would have flown private, had a dozen workers to carry all her designer clothing, and had a huge PR crew on hand to photograph her every step of the trip. After, her boy Omid would tell the world of Meghan’s self sacrifices made during this trip where she had to come into contact with the lesser humans.

Anne has more class in her little finger than Meghan has in her entire body

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