Princess Anne’s second middle name, Alice, comes from her paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. As fans of “The Crown” know, Princess Alice became a nun later in life. While the scripted series got some of the details about her life correct, there are some pieces that do not line up with Alice’s actual story. Historian Hugh Vickers told The Telegraph that contrary to what the show might lead viewers to believe, Prince Philip did want his mother to move in with them. What’s more, she was given a comfortable and desirable room at Buckingham Palace, not banished to some uninviting chamber. And as for that interview with Princess Alice depicted on “The Crown”? According to Vickers, that couldn’t have happened because Princess Alice was a very private person who would refuse to speak with the press.
It was during this stay, her final two years, at Buckingham Palace that Princess Alice became close to her granddaughter. “It is true that she was close to Princess Anne, with whom she developed a very personal relationship,” Vickers explained, per The Times. Completely opposite to her granddaughter’s fashion taste, she only left three dresses behind when she passed away.
Robert Lacey, who consulted on “The Crown,” told People, “Anne called Alice Yaya, the Greek word for grandmother. She loved sitting and hearing the stories that her grandmother would tell about Victoria being present at Alice’s birth.”