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Queen Elizabeth II ‘navigated major hiccups’ in Royal Family as three royals left monarchy

Queen: Experts praise royal for dealing with 'hiccups'

During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed the rocky end to 2019 for the monarchy. It came amid controversy surrounding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry before they announced they were stepping down, as well as Prince Andrew’s “horrible” interview with the BBC. The royal commentators praised the monarch’s ability to constantly look forward during changes to the Royal Family.

Ms Fiorito said: “When Harry and Meghan said they wanted to step down from their duties and the Prince Andrew scandal emerged when the BBC did that horrible interview with him.

“The Queen has lived in her 94 years, what she has experienced and the even-keel that she has exhibited through all of these rocky times is remarkable.

“The Queen keeps looking forward and navigating all these changes and hiccups, major hiccups.”

Ms Bowie added: “She has experienced so much.”

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In January, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they would be stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

Prince Andrew also stepped back from his role after his much-criticised BBC Newsnight interview.

Graham Smith, the CEO of Republic, has also highlighted the effect Prince Andrew stepping down coupled with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s departure will have on the monarchy.

Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by a democratic, elected head of state.

Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that losing the three royals and the prospect of the Queen dying in the next 10 years has set the monarchy up for a difficult decade ahead. 

The Republic CEO said: “I think the monarchy has a difficult decade ahead.

Prince Andrew ‘puts monarchy in difficult position’ says expert

“They have lost three of their lead stars at the beginning of the year, Andrew has stepped back and will never come back to the front line.

“Meghan and Harry have left, the Queen is withdrawing more and more due to her age and she is likely to die before the end of the decade.

“What you are left with is the only recognisable royals as Charles, William and Kate.”

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Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, strongly disagreed with the view put forward by Republic. 

Mr Fitzwilliams praised the work of other members of the Royal Family that Mr Smith did not highlight. 

He said: “Charles is obviously mentioned but not Camilla who has, in a low key way, done remarkably well and worked hard for a number of charities.

“It is bizarre that The Princess Royal, who is usually the royal who carries out the most engagements, is omitted too.

“The Earl and Countess of Wessex also do extremely valuable work.”

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