Princess Anne's thrifty hotel room

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Renowned as one of the more frugal members of the Royal Family, Princess Anne's austerity approach saw her asking for a cheaper hotel room, saving £40 by opting not to have a sea view.

When originally offered the £225-a-night sea-view room at the four star Manor House Hotel in Oban, Scotland, she immediately asked to switch to a cheaper one.

The Georgian-built hotel's sea view rooms are spacious, individually decorated rooms which include Molton Brown toiletries and even a pair of binoculars to allow guests to enjoy the view across Oban Bay to the Isle of Mull.

Trifty move

Despite the Princess's office booking one of these rooms in advance, when she discovered the cost, even in low season, was more than £200 a night, she told her staff to switch to more modest accommodation, costing £185 a night, a saving of £40.

The new room at the back of the hotel was considered perfectly adequate since the Princess was arriving in the evening and wouldn't have been able to make the most of view in the dark.

Anne, who was on holiday with her second husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, was believed to be making a private visit to on of the Hebridean islands. The pair are keen sailors and keep a yacht further down the coast at Adfern on Loch Craignish in Argyll.
Anne would have personally paid for the cost of her own room, while taxpayers picked up the tab for her the two Scotland Yard bodyguards accompanying her, who were given a room each.
A spokesman for the hotel told the Daily Mail: 'She did not want a sea view because she would be arriving at night and leaving early.

'She and her husband stayed one night and had dinner. She was very interested in the hotel and its history. It was a private visit and had been booked in advance. She did not sign the visitors' book but seemed to enjoy her stay.'

Bargain princess

The Princess has been known for her thrifty ways, and her Gloucestershire mansion, Gatcombe Park, is the only royal residence without a butler, and is run with the bare minimum of domestic staff.

She has also been known for her thrifty approach to fashion. In 2005 the yellow-patterned dress she wore while inspecting a military guard of honour in Papua New Guinea had first been seen on her at Royal Ascot in 1987.
Three years before that she was spotted wearing the same ivory dress to a Buckingham Palace event that she had originally worn at Prince Charles's wedding in 1981.
And even a blue evening dress she had originally worn in 1973 has been see on the Princess in recent years.
Anne conducts more than 500 public engagements a year, and is supported by taxpayers through a grant in aid which funds her air and rail travel, and also the cost of her 24-hour security detail.
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