The Duchess of Sussex insisted today that she be denied access to the historic Sandringham summit from Canada when senior royals took her with the step of the royal family with Prince Harry.
The spokesperson for the Kensington Palace couple insisted that Meghan not be excluded from the discussion and simply left it to her husband: “Ultimately, the Sussexes decided that it was not necessary for the Duchess to participate.”
It comes when the Sussex team continues to negotiate an abdication agreement for money, titles and the creation of their international commercial brand.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the Queen allowed Harry and Meghan to retire as senior Royals after a private heart-to-heart with her grandson at yesterday’s crisis summit.
After a family gathering in Sandringham, Her Majesty issued a historical and emotionally charged statement in which she deplored the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to divide their time between Canada and the UK while completing their royal duties.
According to Daily Mail editor-in-chief Richard Kay’s inside account of the Norfolk confrontation:
- Harry arrived two hours early to ensure a one-to-one meeting with the queen to give his side of the story;
- Sources close to Prince Charles said he had warned Harry that he has no “unlimited resources” to support his new lifestyle;
- Insiders also claimed that the Prince of Wales feared that his youngest son hopes to pay the family bills with money from the Duchy of Cornwall;
- The two-hour meeting between the Queen, Charles, William and Harry took place in a “quiet” environment.
According to friends, Harry arrived on schedule to arrange things with his grandmother, who came into the crunch and was deeply disappointed with him and Meghan because they wanted to step back from their official duties.
Her sincere regret was made clear in the statement last night because she “would have preferred them to remain full-time working members.”
But after her one-on-one with Harry – followed by two hours of “quiet” discussions with him, Charles and William – Her Majesty agreed to a “transition period” in which the duke and duchess would distance themselves from royal engagements while spending more time in Canada.
It was speculated that Meghan was denied access to Vancouver during the meeting. But Palace sources have now said, “Ultimately, the Sussexes decided that it was not necessary for the Duchess to participate.”
The Duchess of Sussex chats on her phone while shopping in Toronto, Canada, in December 2016
Prince Harry (photo left yesterday), Prince William and Prince Charles left Sandringham in separate cars after more than two hours of crunch talks with the Queen
The Queen’s statement in full Monday night after a day of showdown talks to determine the future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The Duke of Sussex saw the queen, his brother and his father (photo left last night) for the first time since his departure as a senior royal with Meghan ‘dialing in’ to support her husband from Canada
Prince William introduced himself to leave Sandringham after yesterday’s crunch talks with Harry, Prince Charles and the Queen
After the meeting, Princess Charles, William and Harry left in three separate cars.
What does the queen’s statement reveal?
Today my family had very constructive discussions about the future of my grandson and his family.
The fact that the queen issued the statement in her name and refers to “my family” and “my grandson and his family” is both intentional and important.
The monarch has been deeply hurt by the events of the past week – but is also surprised by the repercussions against Harry after he issued his statement without first telling her. The queen wants the world to know that she is not only the boss of “The Firm”, but also a grandmother.
My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
The queen, as well as other senior members of the royal family, make their pain clear in recent events. There is also astonishment that Harry in particular feels that he has been frozen from plans for a future slimmed down monarchy.
At the time of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, when the Queen, Charles, and his two sons were on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, sources say it was made clear to Harry that he was a “key component” to any future royal line – up.
Members of the Royal Family believe that Harry brings a benevolent joie de vivre, and without him and Meghan, senior royals will be missing.
The queen, however, understands his desire to break away and his refusal to bow to convention.
Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time members of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent family life while remaining a valued part of my family.
The queen is deeply disappointed that Harry and Meghan have lost their royal duties.
Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they do not want to depend on public funds in their new lives.
The lack of details about this speaks volumes: there is much to sort here.
Harry and Meghan are predicted to earn millions as a global “brand.”
But it won’t be cheap to maintain a transatlantic lifestyle for their families with at least two houses. The statement does not address whether Charles will continue to finance his son for £ 2 million a year. It also avoids the issue of security and consular assistance financed by taxpayers.
The royals fear that any sense of ‘cashing in’ could devalue their own brand.
It has therefore been agreed that there will be a transitional period in which the Sussex people spend time in Canada and the UK.
The royal stop gap. By moving their son, their dogs and their household to Canada, Harry and Meghan have already informed the Queen that there is no intention of coming back at least for the foreseeable future.
The queen had little choice in this. She cannot order them to return, so she might as well capitulate to keep the peace while trying to formalize the new arrangements.
These are complex issues my family needs to solve, and there is still some work to be done, but I have asked to make final decisions in the coming days.
This is an unprecedented crisis for the family that is far from over. The queen is desperate for the storm and has asked her courtiers to redouble their efforts to find a solution.
The Queen has said that developing a viable blueprint for Harry and Meghan’s financially independent future has proved to be “complex” and has indicated that more details need to be ironed out in the coming days.
And sources revealed that Prince Charles also considers the case far from complete, because he knows that Harry will rely on his duchy of Cornwall to pay the family invoices.
He has already given his younger son a small fortune, from his marriage to the fitting Frogmore house – the Windsor house that he will now largely leave as he uproots to North America.
A friend says: “He has no unlimited resources. Harry needs to know that. ”
The Queen has instructed the staff to find a ‘solution within a few days’ for the remaining bottlenecks, including the future financing of the couple, which is expected to impose strict rules for their commercial activities.
A figure said: “There will be strict instructions for branding, for example. Nobody wants to see the name of the Sussex on a container of margarine. “
This was a deliberate nod to what happened in the aftermath of Diana’s death when her memorial fund began approving money-raising programs that stunned the public.
The unprecedented Royal Parley of yesterday culminated with a statement from 5 pm from the palace, in which the queen gave Harry and Meghan the green light to continue with plans to become ‘financially independent’.
The prince said: ‘Today my family had very constructive discussions about the future of my grandson and his family.
“My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time members of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to lead a more independent family life while remaining a valued part of my family.
“Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they do not want to depend on public funds in their new lives.
“That is why it has been agreed that there will be a transition period in which the Sussex people spend time in Canada and the UK.
“These are complex issues that my family needs to solve and there is still some work to be done, but I have asked to make definitive decisions in the coming days.”
The queen, desperate for a way out of the crisis that rages through the ranks of the family, has ordered courtiers to redouble their efforts to develop the blueprint for the future of Sussex, which must be completed within a few days.
In the statement, the head of state with the protocol broke to refer to the couple with their first name instead of the “duke and duchesses of Sussex.”
Some experts have decoded this to mean that Harry and Meghan can be stripped of their titles, while others have played it like the grandmother, 93, who simply struck a soft tone.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said the move would probably tell, tweet: “I find it very striking, especially in a statement from the queen. Do they have to give up their titles? This would be an indication that they … “
Responding to the statement, Queen Elizabeth biographer and royal historian Robert Lacey said the language was an immensely personal intervention that is not characteristic of typical Palace communiqués.
He told BBC Radio 4: “It’s remarkably practical. I mean, it may have been processed by officials, but this is the queen who speaks to her people and talks about her family, and I think getting through it is the concern she feels. ”
Royal author Ingrid Seward told the Times: “The first round went to the Sussexes. It feels like the royal family is bending over to try to help. ”
Yesterday’s unprecedented meeting was the first time Harry, 35, had met his first family members since early November, with the prince and his wife taking a six-week break in Canada during the Christmas period. Although they only returned last week, Meghan, 38, has already returned to the country.
Tools have now been put to work to try to come up with a workable solution to the crisis, preferably by Friday.
This includes asking the couple to find a way to become “financially independent” and not rely on taxpayer funds in the future, as well as giving in to their desire to live partially in Canada in the near future.
Other issues that are still on the table for further discussion are the costs and the provision of the safety of the couple, especially when they spend large time outside the country.
There is also the issue of Frogmore Cottage, the couple’s Windsor house, borrowed from them by the queen and refurbished with £ 2.4 million in public money. The couple have insisted that they want to keep the building as a base in the UK.
It is clear that while the queen’s emphasis on the meeting is “constructive and supportive,” the schism between Harry and his family is deep.
Prince William drives his Land Rover through Sandringham’s back gate to return to his Amer House after the royal summit yesterday
Charles drives his silver Audi A6, probably on his way to RAF Marham where a helicopter was waiting for him
Prince Harry was warned that there are formidable obstacles that must be overcome before he can retire as a senior (Prince depicted with Meghan Markle at Canada House in London on Tuesday, the last time they were shown in public)
The Queen (pictured at the church in Sandringham on Sunday), made her deep disappointment clear about Harry and Meghan’s decision to stop in a statement released yesterday
The statement did not hide the grief of the elderly monarch who did not hide the pain caused by her grandson, because she wanted to break with the institution and chose to tell the world of his intentions last Wednesday without first informing her.
Harry is expected to leave the country to rejoin his family at the end of the week, following a presumably uncomfortable engagement at Buckingham Palace on Thursday for the media.
The ‘Sandringham summit’ of yesterday saw Harry coming at 11.20 am, with his grandmother and father already waiting for him.
At his side was his newly appointed private secretary, Fiona Mcilwham. His brittle grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, was previously seen driving out of the estate and it is not known whether the couple, once so close, even met.
It is intriguing that his brother William, whose relationship with his brother has become so toxic that many insiders describe it as “irreparable,” does not pass through the gates of the estate’s estate until 1.45 pm, just 15 minutes before the start of the summit. Queen Norfolk came.
It is understood that Meghan, who returned to Canada 24 hours after the couple’s bomb statement last week, announced that they would resign as senior royals, was planning on calling in on the speaker. She stays in the couple’s borrowed mansion on Vancouver Island with their eight-month-old son Archie.
Some in royal circles suggested last night that Harry and Meghan had left the queen little but to surrender for most of their demands to prevent a “royal war.”
The talk of the statement about a “transitional period” for the couple between the UK and Canada was said by one assistant as an opportunity for the family to get breathing room while “this mess of Harry and Meghan himself has been resolved.”
Kate looked serious when she left Kensington Palace this morning as her husband came face to face with his runaway yesterday. The duchess was dressed much more casually when she left school this afternoon
Yesterday, a Range Rover believed that he had transported Prince Harry through a back entrance into Sandringham when the royal summit on the future of him and Meghan began this afternoon
A grim face Yesterday Philip leaves Sandringham with a female companion driving where his wife the queen, who used him as a sounding board, will try to prevent the crisis and keep Prince Harry in the royal family
Since their announcement of the bomb on Wednesday to stop, Harry and Meghan have taken headlines around the world, with reporters who camped outside of Sandringham yesterday
Piers Morgan walks in line after palace statement
Piers Morgan at Good Morning Britain
Piers Morgan has claimed that Harry and Meghan “bullied” the queen to get their way after crisis talks in Sandringham about the future of Sussexes.
Mr. Morgan waded in after the queen’s historic confirmation that the pair would resign and tweeted, “Harry / Meghan successfully bullied the queen to have their cake eaten and eaten.”
He also claimed that the couple “had their cake and ate it with all the trimmings.”
Mr Morgan made his opinion about the Sussexes clear on ITV yesterday morning, saying: ‘The queen had just fired her middle son, her 98-year-old husband is very ill and these two little spoiled litters are holding her for ransom at the worst moment.
“If they want to leave after 18 months, that’s fine,” he said before talking directly to Meghan: “I always thought you’d do this anyway. You have resigned from your friends, you have resigned from your father and you have resigned. ”
Recognizing that they will hand over their public funding to become “financially independent,” it appears to be licensing them to close commercial deals as part of their “Sussex Royal” brand, which some experts say could be worth at least £ 400 million to be.
But senior royals would be appalled at this idea of making money with the monarchy and want Harry and US-born Meghan to be assured that they will treat their positions with respect.
The Queen’s decision to refer to the couple in their statement by their first name, an unusually intimate reference, especially for the prince, has also led to speculation that the couple will lose their titles.
Auxiliary staff say this is unlikely because the family is keenly aware of the public impact when Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was stripped of her own HRH.
Asked if they could remember a time when the Queen had ever made such an official personal statement about a member of her family, present and past assistants did not stop recalling one.
The Queen has warmly and affectionately referred to her husband, Philip and the Prince of Wales in speeches and other tributes, and addressed other issues such as her famous “annus horribilis” in the Christmas speech.
Other statements on family matters have been issued by Buckingham Palace on her behalf, but always by a spokesperson.
Royal insiders have told Mail that it is clear that they fear the future of the institution.
Although she and Charles agree on the importance of a slimmed down monarchy in the future, Harry and his family were always considered an important part of the line-up.
For a moment they were the only two of them: Prince Harry arrived two hours early and the prince and grandson spoke softly about the future. Read the moving story of RICHARD KAY about the Megxit summit …
By Richard Kay for the Daily Mail
… Like everywhere, the normal bustle of the house in Norfolk was silenced while the staff were busy far from where this extraordinary royal family drama took place: the Queen’s private apartments on the first floor, the dining room and, nearby, the Long Library.
Prince Harry was swept through the gates in the backseat of a Range Rover with dark rear windows.
He arrived on time for lunch. More importantly, his arrival gave him time to find his grandmother for the top with his father and brother.
Prince Charles was already there. He had flown in with a private jet from Oman on Sunday evening after expressing his respect at the death of the leader of the Arab state, Sultan Qaboos. A car had driven him the 15 miles of RAF Marham.
William arrived last, picked up his house in nearby Anmer in a black Land Rover Defender, and entered the estate through a dead-end street next to the primary school in West Newton. It was 1.45 pm. The meeting was scheduled at 2 p.m.
Confrontation scene: members of the family gathered at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk for a historic royal summit
Another part of this gripping tableau had previously taken place: Prince Philip – the patriarchal figure who had dominated all family discussions for so long – had quietly left the house, driven away in his Land Rover Freelander by Countess Mountbatten, the former Lady Penny Romsey who helps him. to care.
It was not immediately clear how strategic this departure was. But the fact that he left more than an hour and a half before the Duke of Sussex arrived was considered important. At the age of 98 he no longer enacts the law as he once did and some courtiers wonder if this was his way of saying “this is not my fight.”
It may also be that by being absent, he could not find himself in a situation where the mantra that governed his attitude to royal life – “you are in the family or outside” – was tested by Harry and Meghan’s desire to to be part of the royals.
Twenty-seven years ago it was the measured and cool Philip who dealt with the catastrophe about the marriage of Charles and Diana by acting as an honest mediator between the warring couple.
How the queen must have desired the calmness of her unchaste husband, because this most difficult situation has not yet occurred.
According to informed sources, the mood during the meeting was calm and there were no reports of yelling or blistering exchanges.
The discussions were led by the Prince of Wales, who may have invested more in the result than anyone else. It will be his money that finances a future independent life for Harry and Meghan and it is their cooperation that he needs if he wants to live up to his dream of a slimmed down monarchy suitable for the 21st century.
Finding an accommodation was the key. William, who has so often disagreed with his father, is believed to have supported this approach. But it was the queen who fell to resolve this most heartbreaking family crisis. And the statement that came in her name was peppered with despair.
Since 1997, in the aftermath of the death of Diana, the queen has issued such a personal bulletin.
She then turned to a nation in shock, and by incorporating the magical sentence that she spoke “as a grandmother,” she discouraged the resentment built up over the failure of the Royal Family to quickly recognize the loss of the princess.
Now 22 years later she struggled with the conflict over the son of Diana and his demand to resign as a senior royal and move abroad with his wife and young son Archie.
Could there ever have been a more moving communique?
Her message was clear that she would not stand in the way of the couple, but it is with a heavy heart that she has agreed. Her grief over this burning situation was expressed in one sentence alone.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time members of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent family life while remaining a valued part of my family.”
It was the queen who fell to resolve this most heartbreaking family crisis. And the statement that came in her name was peppered with despair
The fear that was felt yesterday afternoon around the conference table in Sandringham was unspoken. No one knows more than 18 months after a wedding that delighted the viewing world, what will happen to Harry and Meghan in their semi-detached status at the House of Windsor.
What seems certain is that the tricky number of their titles has been copied, but has not been copied. The language the queen uses is conciliatory and is carefully chosen.
In the first instance, she refers to ‘my grandson’. The following reference is to “Harry and Meghan.” Only once does she name the couple by their official name when she talks about ‘Sussexes’ spending time in Canada and the UK. The latter must be an oblique nod to their titles as duke and duchess and the HRH style that they also enjoy.
From this it seems that no punishment will be awarded to both Diana and the Duchess of York, who both lost their royal highness titles in divorce.
Repeating the mistakes from the past was not on the agenda.
Above all, the palace view was that nothing had to be written down that would ignite an already tense position.
It was therefore thought that there was no open telephone line to Meghan in Canada. According to palace officials, such an idea was rejected because no one was sure who else would listen. “This was a very confidential family meeting, not a conference call,” says an insider.
It is thought that Harry arrived in Sandringham specifically early to leave him alone with his grandmother for some time.
Unlike William, who had been with the Royal Family for Christmas, Harry was 5,000 miles away on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada. According to friends, he wanted to put his side of the story to the queen.
He was also able to see his father, confused by his decisions that could have a profound effect on the future direction of the family.
For Charles the case is far from complete. He knows that Harry will rely on his duchy of Cornwall to settle family bills. He has already given his younger son a small fortune, from his marriage to the design of Frogmore’s cottage – the Windsor home that he will now largely leave.
After 90 short minutes, the Long Library (photo) meeting broke out and the four royals moved in different directions
A friend says: “He has no unlimited resources. Harry needs to know that. “
This is the reason why more conversations are planned, although it is likely to be civil servants rather than the family group.
It is hoped that the future financing of the couple will put a brake on their plans to make money. “There will be strict instructions for branding,” says a figure.
“Nobody wants to see the name Sussex on a container of margarine.” This was a deliberate nod to what happened in the aftermath of Diana’s death when her memorial fund began approving money-raising programs that stunned the public.
And just like back then, it is public attitudes that are likely to form the financial future of Harry and Meghan. Courtiers intend to make it clear that the country will not exploit the couple who exploit their royal status for money.
After 90 short minutes, the Long Library meeting broke out and the four royals moved in different directions.
De koningin keerde terug naar haar bovenverdieping. Om 15.45 uur liet Prins Charles het stuur achter van een zilveren Audi op weg naar Marham waar een helikopter wachtte om hem terug te vliegen naar Birkhall, zijn huis op het Balmoral-landgoed.
Harry vertrok even later.
De lucht werd donkerder toen William, de laatste die vertrok, net na zestien vertrok naar Anmer Hall.
De vraag is nu wat er vervolgens gebeurt.
Prinsen blazen pesten uit ‘leugens’: in een zeldzame gezamenlijke verklaring veroordelen de broers ‘aanstootgevende’ beweringen dat William Harry en Meghan heeft gedwongen
Door Rebecca Engels voor de Daily Mail
Princes William en Harry gaven gisteren een zeldzame blijk van openbare eenheid om claims te veroordelen dat de hertog van Sussex door zijn eigen broer was ‘gepest’ uit de koninklijke familie.
Their joint statement described reports in The Times as “offensive and potentially harmful” in the light of their mental health work.
It said: “Despite clear denials, a false story appeared today in a British newspaper about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge.
“For brothers who care so deeply about mental health issues, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”
William en Harry, samen met de hertogin van Cambridge, werkten samen aan de Heads Together-campagne om het stigma op het gebied van geestelijke gezondheid weg te werken. Alle drie de royals hebben uitgebreid campagne gevoerd tegen pesten.
Princes William en Harry gaven gisteren een zeldzame blijk van openbare eenheid om claims te veroordelen dat de hertog van Sussex door zijn eigen broer was ‘gepest’ uit de koninklijke familie. Afgebeeld: de broers in 2018
Het zou ongewoon zijn, zelfs onder normale omstandigheden, dat de broeders een gezamenlijke verklaring afleggen over een enkel verhaal in de media. Een van de laatste keren dat ze dit deden, was toen een Italiaans tijdschrift verontrustende afbeeldingen van hun stervende moeder publiceerde in 2006.
Sinds de breuk die vorig jaar leidde tot de verdeling van hun gezamenlijke huishouden, dachten velen dat het nooit meer zou gebeuren.
Maar de broers werden in actie gebracht door het artikel van gisteren, waarin werd gemeld dat een insider suggereerde dat Harry en Meghan ‘zichzelf beschouwden als weggeduwd door wat zij zagen als een pestgedrag van de hertog van Cambridge’.
Het voegde eraan toe dat de Sussexen ‘wilden aftreden van hun koninklijke rol na twee jaar van voortdurend te zijn verteld’.
The newspaper said the source, who ‘knows the couple well’, dates the rift back to before their wedding in 2018 as Harry felt his brother was ‘insufficiently welcoming’ towards Meghan when they first started dating. The source was also quoted as saying of William and his wife Kate: ‘From the start their response was not very clever, not very friendly.
William and Harry, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, collaborated on the Heads Together campaign to stamp out the stigma on mental health issues. Pictured: Harry, Meghan, William and The Duchess of Cambridge in March last year
Royal aides made clear yesterday that the brothers were deeply unhappy with the claims. Pictured: The brothers in 2010
‘Quite early on they decided, ‘right, we are going to tell these people their place and we are going to push them away’.’
Royal aides made clear yesterday that the brothers were deeply unhappy with the claims. However, they did not comment on or reject other allegations, including that Meghan was determined to walk away from the Royal Family but ‘heartbroken’ that Harry felt torn by his decision to leave the UK.
A source in the Sussex camp described the suggestion that William had bullied his brother as ‘deeply disappointing’. Suggestions of a rift between the pair are not new.
Last year, Prince Harry told broadcaster Tom Bradby that while he loved his brother dearly, ‘we are on different paths’. In an article headlined ‘Harry and Meghan’s escape from the poisonous palace’, Mr Bradby wrote at the weekend that senior royals had been ‘jealous and unfriendly’ and he had no doubt Harry and Meghan felt ‘driven out’.
The ITV presenter, who is close to Harry, also raised the possibility of the couple doing a ‘no-holds-barred’ interview if they failed to get their way in negotiations, writing in The Sunday Times that ‘I don’t think it would be pretty’.
A Sussex aide said yesterday there were ‘no plans’ for an interview. Sources noted that Meghan was using the aggressive US PR firm Sunshine Sachs, leaving many Palace figures ‘out of the loop’.
Queen is ‘bending over backwards to try and help Meghan and Harry’: Royal experts give their verdicts on the historic Sandringham Summit
By Danyal Hussain for MailOnline
The Queen is ‘bending over backwards’ to try and help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the pair announced they would be stepping back from Royal duties in a bid to become ‘financially independent’.
Royal experts have claimed that a dramatic statement from the Queen had been penned in order to look after her vulnerable grandchild.
In her statement, Her Majesty made clear her disappointment at the couple’s decision to quit their Royal duties but said the royal family ‘understand and respect’ their wishes.
The Queen’s words came after a summit at Sandringham between herself, Prince Charles, Prince William and Harry, with Meghan believed to have dialled in from Canada.
After the meeting at Sandringham this afternoon, one expert claimed the victory had gone to the young Royals.
Ingrid Seward (left) said that the Susessexes had won the first battle. Penny Junor (right) described the monarch’s words on the future of Harry and Meghan as ‘friendly and warm’
Speaking to the Times, royal author Ingrid Seward said: ‘The first round has gone to the Sussexes. It feels like the royal family is bending over to try to help. “
This is while royal expert Penny Junor said the Queen was ‘carefully handling a vulnerable Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ and that the pair had ‘got what they wanted.
‘They have decided that Harry and Meghan must go off and do what they want to do, and they will support them’.
She also described the Prince’s words about the future of Harry and Meghan as “kind and warm.”
The couple, who do not want to be publicly funded, will have a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK, but final decisions will also be reached in the coming days.
“I think it’s a positive statement. It sounds friendly and warm, the way the Queen talks about family so much,’ Junor said.
‘That she’s supportive of their decision is really good news.’
She added: ‘It read to me like a grandmother talking about the family.’
The royal writer said it gave the couple space to find their perspective.
Robert Lacey (left) said the language was personal, while Victoria Arbiter, right with her husband Dickie, said the move was ‘likely to be telling’
‘I think it will take the pressure off them. I think they’re in a very vulnerable state at the moment. I think they’re unhappy, they feel isolated and unloved, unappreciated and they needed careful handling,’ she said.
‘My reading from that statement is that the family has been sensitive to their vulnerability.’
Seward, editor-in-chief of the Majesty magazine, believes that the statement of the queen, who uses the word ‘family’ eight times, was meant to be ‘very gentle and very informal’.
‘It’s just the way it’s written is extremely informal, and I think that’s to make it very friendly,’ the royal biographer said.
“And I find it very gentle. And I think that’s probably the whole approach, it’s soft, soft. And interestingly enough, she keeps calling family, all the way through.
“It is certainly not Oscar Wilde. But I just think it is a very combined and fairly loose statement and it is clearly just to keep everyone happy ahead. “
Asked about the next steps after the statement, Mrs. Seward said: “She said in the coming days, so that is very fast for the royal family.
“I think we’ll hear more soon – I think this is a bridge.”
Meanwhile, biographer and royal historian Robert Lacey said the language was an immensely personal intervention uncharacteristic of typical Palace communiqués.
He told BBC Radio 4: ‘It is remarkably hands-on. I mean it may have been processed through officials but this is the Queen, speaking to her people and speaking about her family, and I think coming right through it is the concern she feels.’
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter added that the move was likely to be telling, tweeting : ‘I do think it was very striking, particularly in a statement from the Queen. Are they having to give up their titles? This would be an indication that they … ”