Queen ‘banished’ house staff to ensure Royal Family privacy during Prince Harry showdown

Queen ‘banished’ household staff at Windsor says expert

The Queen ordered her staff at Sandringham Estate “to keep to the other side of the house” in an extraordinary measure during her showdown with Prince Harry over the Megxit agreement. The showdown, which took place on January 13 last year, saw the Queen “banish” her household staff to avoid leaks to the press. Channel 5’s Royal documentary ‘Secrets of the Royal Palaces’ saw royal commentator Emily Andrews reflect on the fateful day.

Narrator Glynis Barber said: “The Queen wanted absolute privacy and chose the secluded Long Library, the location of her first televised Christmas address.

“Only a handful of key lieutenants were allowed inside the room.”

Ms Andrews, the Royal Editor for The Mail on Sunday, added: “They all had their private secretaries with them, which are their right-hand men and women.

“Harry actually had two private secretaries with him.”

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Ms Barber continued: “Household staff, though, were banished.”

Ms Andrews explained: “The Queen instructed all of her staff to keep to the other side of the house.

“They wanted to keep it as private as possible, they didn’t want anything being leaked to the press.”

In the lead-up to the meeting, Ms Andrews said that the royals were in crisis.

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She explained: “They wanted to present a united front and that united front was crumbling faster than the Berlin Wall.”

At the meeting, the Queen, alongside Prince Harry, Charles and William, thrashed out the details for Meghan Markle and Harry’s departure from the Royal Family.

The Duchess of Sussex did not attend the meeting nor did Prince Phillip who is understood to have viewed Harry’s departure as a “dereliction of duty”.


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Royal expert Jennie Bond claimed the Queen approached this issue as a grandmother first and as a Queen second.

Prince Harry plans to visit Britain in the summer for Trooping the Colour and Prince Philip’s 100th birthday if coronavirus restrictions allow despite the fallout.

The Queen celebrates her 95th birthday in April and this will be officially celebrated with Trooping the Colour in June.

Meghan Markle may not be accompanying her husband during this visit which has resulted in warnings that this will be viewed as a snub to the Royal Family.

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