Harry and Meghan: Expert's swipe over royal duties
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The Royal Family faces a minor crisis after several senior royals who could aid the Queen with her duties are unable to lend a hand. TalkRADIO’s royal correspondent Rupert Bell suggested conversations about making life easier for the Queen have hit a huge snag after Prince Harry and Prince Andrew – who would usually be perfect to help out – became unavailable. It comes as the Queen was forced to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland on health advice and had to spend the night in hospital.
Speaking on TalkRADIO, Mr Bell discussed the Queen’s health and future with Rob Rinder.
Her Majesty, 95, was due to visit Northern Ireland to attend the centenary service but was advised not to travel.
The landmark event was attended by the Prime Minister as it was revealed the Queen spent the night in hospital for “preliminary tests”.
The monarch returned to Windsor on Thursday with Mr Johnson informing the press he was told she was back at her desk working.
Mr Bell and Mr Rinder discussed the story with Mr Rinder, asking: “Of course, we have Charles and I wonder whether he is going to be taking on new duties?
“And really, as our queen gets increasingly to that magical age of 100, do you think she is she likely to be able to fulfil that full buffet of roles that she’s been fulfilling until now?”
Mr Bell responded: “Probably not, but one of the problems the Royal Family have, they are a couple down if you see what I mean, people they would have expected to try and help out.
“Whether it be their grandmother or their mother – but unfortunately one’s gone to America and one’s got other things on his mind.
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“And that is causing the Royal Family a degree of problem because they do realise they want [the Queen] to step back a little bit because at 95 you would expect it to be.
“But the queen is also very reluctant in her case to step back because if she feels she can do it she wants to get back out there.”
Mr Bell added Prince Charles was likely aware of the situation and what he now needs to do with the rest of the Royal Family involves thinking of ways to “ease the constitutional burden”.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the head of state’s trip to Northern Ireland was cancelled after doctors’ orders to rest.
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But the palace has come under fire from some royal commentators after it emerged the Queen went to the hospital as she was understood to be resting at her Berkshire residence.
The Daily Express’s royal correspondent Richard Palmer tweeted: “The Queen’s night in hospital when the palace said she was at Windsor is our splash in later editions today.
“Royal sources had been keen to encourage the impression that she had just overdone it but may struggle to convince the public now. ‘In good spirits’ is a palace cliche.
“Journalists including the BBC’s Nick Witchell have pointed out that rumour and misinformation will thrive if the palace cannot be relied upon for trustworthy information.”
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