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Putting Firm first! Queen praised for ‘integrity’ in face of Megxit and the Andrew case

Queen: ‘Clear blue water’ between family and Andrew says Ship

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In honour of the Queen celebrating 70 years on the throne this Sunday leading royal experts gathered on Wednesday, hosted by the Telegraph, to discuss significant moments which defined the 95-year-old monarch’s reign. With royal expert Camilla Tominey as host, the experts discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex move to the States, the ongoing case against Prince Andrew, and the future of the Royal Family.

Royal biographer Penny Junor praised Her Majesty for “always putting the monarchy ahead of everything else”.

After a difficult period, which has been described as an ‘annus horribilis’ after the phrase was first used in 1992, historian and professor Suzannah Lipscomb stated the Queen has shown “integrity”, despite her ongoing health crisis.

In April, the Queen suffered the loss of her husband Prince Philip, who died at age 99 as the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

The royal mother of four has also suffered the backlash of her son Prince Andrew’s civil sex assault case.

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In recent years, the monarch has also endured the blow of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step away as working members of the Royal Family.

Professor Lipscomb said the monarch would always put “duty first and self second”.

She said: “I think it does show her protection in the end of the institution, of the family.”

Royal reporter and author Phil Dampier explained the Firm stuck together during the difficult times, with the Queen at the head of all major decisions.

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He told the Telegraph: “Increasingly, Prince Charles and Prince William are working hand in glove and being consulted by the Queen on every major decision.

“There’s no doubt they will have made their views clear to the Queen over the Andrew situation.”

He continued to state the Queen has been leaning on both Prince William and Prince Charles for advice after tragically losing her husband.

Mr Dampier said: “In the past, she would have spoken at length to Prince Philip about such matters, but now she has lost her husband, and with both her son and grandson taking over more and more duties, it’s no surprise that she is more reliant on their advice.

“They are more influential than they’ve ever been.

“If anything, the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – and the fact that William has fallen out with Harry – has brought him and Charles closer.”

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