King Charles gifted Angela Kelly a home in return for her silence on her relationship with Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Household, it has been claimed. Ms Kelly gained “unequalled” knowledge of the Palace and the Firm during her years in service to the late monarch, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said. And she has already shed a light on her life as the senior dresser and personal assistant of the late sovereign in two books, albeit they were focused on dressing Elizabeth II.
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Speaking about reports surrounding Ms Kelly’s new home, royal expert Mr Fitzwilliams told the MailOnline: “She produced two books which were unique in that they highlighted her closeness to the Queen, whom she undoubtedly dressed superbly.
“Yet it has been reported that King Charles regarded some photographs she used as inappropriate.
“The likelihood is that her new home has been gifted on the understanding that there will be no further revelations about her relationship with the Queen or of any royal matters.
“Her knowledge of life in the Royal Household over nearly 30 years would be unequalled. King Charles knows the trouble this can cause as Harry’s memoir Spare recently showed all too clearly.”
Mr Fitzwilliams added Ms Kelly appears to have “indicated her frustration” with the fact she is leaving her grace-and-favour home on the Windsor estate and that her work mobile has been disconnected.
Ms Kelly took to her Instagram account on April 21 to share a picture of a garden alongside the caption: “Getting ready to say goodbye. I am moving at last to my new home which I will be able to call My Home at last”.
In response to a friend, she explained: “I’m moving to the Peak District just further on than Sheffield so not too far away from the family. My work phone has been disconnected but hopefully you have this one… Looking forward to my New Adventures [with smiling emoji]”.
Last Friday, she also shared on her Instagram Stories two images that may indicate her unhappiness at recent events in her life.
Ms Kelly posted: “I am too old to worry about who likes me and who dislikes me! I have more important things to do! If you love me – I love you! If you support me – I support you! If you hate me – I don’t care!”
She followed this message with an animated gif of a child chanting: “I can’t do negative today. Positive vibes, positive vibes!”
Mr Fitzwilliams isn’t alone in thinking the King may be wanting to “keep the lid on any more revelations” following Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir published in January.
Author Tom Bower said: “Charles knows better than most the importance of keeping key retainers close and utterly silent. Paul Burrell, Diana’s valet, caused mayhem when he published his ‘memoirs’ and pocketed well over £1 million.
“Plagued by publicity seeking princes Andrew and Harry, King Charles wants to keep the lid on any more revelations. I’m sure he will look after Angela Kelly like a hawk – a very generous hawk.”
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Ms Kelly, reportedly known as AK47 within the Royal Household, started working as the Queen’s dresser in 1994. In her role, she was responsible for Elizabeth II’s clothes, jewellery and insignia.
Since 2002, her importance within the late monarch’s close circle grew as she was named her personal assistant and senior dresser.
At the same time, her personal bond with Elizabeth II was also reinforced, with the elderly monarch reportedly telling her adored aide on one occasion: “We could be sisters”.
Speculation surrounding Ms Kelly’s future started to circulate in late April, when it was reported the dressmaker had been asked to vacate her cottage near Windsor Castle – but had in turn been granted an accommodation by the sovereign for the rest of her life.
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