That would mean not seeing his own family for an extended period of time, which means the 94-year-old monarch may be forced to spend Christmas break at Windsor Castle for the first time in 33 years.
Reports say staff – including around 20 cleaners and laundry and maintenance workers – have stepped down and told HRH “enough is enough”.
“It’s absolutely unprecedented. Everyone wants to stay loyal, but they feel like they’ve been taken too far by being forced to isolate themselves from their families for Christmas, ”the insider told The Sun.
The source added: “Discussions are underway with the team on operational matters but it is too early to speculate on the implications for Christmas. ”
Even last year’s Christmas preparations did not go smoothly, with reports that the monarch should have called Prince Harry herself to see if he was coming to dinner.
Her Majesty’s grandson had remained silent on his plans and, after receiving the unheard-of phone call in early November, he waited two more days before answering to decline the offer of festivities at Sandringham, he said. we.
Soon after, he and his wife Meghan Markle announced that they were leaving the cabinet and heading to America.
The pandemic has seen the Queen locked in Windsor for months with Prince Philip and even her annual summer trip to Balmoral has been hampered as she is said to have remained largely in her own bubble, missing her family activities.
A ‘balmorale bubble’ from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s staff would have kept them up, and the family were only allowed to accompany them on walks and other socially distanced activities.
During the Queen’s annual address to the nation on December 25 last year, she spoke of a 12-month ‘test’ that included an interview with Epstein about Prince Andrew’s car crash on BBC Newsnight .
But even a monarch of her experience could not have foreseen the turmoil to come in 2020.