Queen Elizabeth II News: Monarch in the “War of Words” with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Royal | News


The Queen, 94, knew Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were unhappy with their roles within the Royal Family, but had no idea the couple would drop an explosive statement on their Instagram announcing their departure in January 2020. Channel 5 documentary ‘The Queen: In Her Own Words’ explained how the turbulent times to start the year unfolded for the monarch. Narrator Andrew Scarborough said: ‘In 2020 she beat Harry and Meghan in a war of words and turned out to be the queen of social media. “

Expert Wesley Kerr OBE said: “It was a situation like a kettle boiling and boiling.“They released this sudden statement saying that they would step down from their role as members of the royal family and that they had set their terms. ”

Mr Scarborough continued: “#Megxit followed a trend all over the world and dragged the Queen into a Twitterstorm. ”

Royal editor Ingrid Seward added: “This statement came as a total surprise to the Queen.

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“She knew they weren’t happy, she knew they were in talks with her advisers but she didn’t know they were going to issue their own statement. ”

Mr Scarborough said: ‘Although the Queen was caught off guard, a short and concise tweet posted hours later revealed that the talks were at an early stage.

“In just 34 friendly words, the Queen had regained control of the situation. ”

Responding to the tweet, Charles Crawford said: “She basically released this really short, business-like statement that said that’s where it was at. “

The preview comes as the Queen is set to depart for Balmoral Castle this summer.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said arrangements for the visit in early August “will be in accordance with relevant guidelines and advice.”

Visitors from two other households will be able to meet her at both Balmoral, under current Scottish Government rules, with a recommendation for a maximum of eight people at a time inside. This is only possible with social distancing and “strict hygiene measures”.

The guidelines say four more households will be able to meet the Queen at a time when they are outside – but with no more than 15 people in total in the group. For indoors and outdoors, a ceiling of four households per day has been set.


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The Queen will not be able to enjoy the Braemar rally as she traditionally does, as the coronavirus forced the Highland games to be canceled for the first time since 1945.

The monarch is also unlikely to be able to host her annual Ghillies Ball, which takes place in the estate’s Grand Ballroom.

The event is a dance for its neighbors, estate and castle staff during their summer stay at Balmoral, but would violate current rules on gatherings.

The Scottish government is expected to review the lockdown measures next Thursday, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned in her presentation on Wednesday not to expect many other restrictions to be eased.

Currently, face covers are mandatory across Scotland in circumstances where physical distance is not easily maintained.


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