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Queen ‘won’t want family conflict’ ahead of Platinum Jubilee – ‘On her shoulders’

Edward VIII praises Queen Elizabeth II's reign in 1969

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Her Majesty marked her 69th year as monarch on February 6, while the Royal Family has been hit with the messy exit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. A royal insider has suggested “everything is falling onto her (the Queen’s) shoulders” as the Royal Family recovers from Meghan and Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Philip’s stay in hospital.

The insider suggested the Queen is having to deal with the aftermath of recent royal dramas, which they said she does not want ahead of her 70th year on the throne.

They said: “What she won’t want is family conflict at this stage of her reign.

“She is always head of the country and Prince Philip was always head of the family.

“He is not there to be that – so everything is falling on to her shoulders.”

Speaking to People magazine, the insider added Her Majesty could be in an “incredibly lonely place” while Philip recovers from heart surgery.

Katie Nicholl, royal author, also suggested the Queen was heartbroken by Harry and Meghan’s interview with Ms Winfrey.

She told Vanity Fair: “The Queen, who has never given a formal media interview, is said to be privately devastated by the shocking revelations and the potential damage to the reputation of the Royal Family.”

Harry and Meghan stressed during their interview they had no issue with the Queen.

The Duchess claimed to Ms Winfrey: “There’s the family, and then there’s the people that are running the institution.

“Those are two separate things. And it’s important to be able to compartmentalise that, because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me.”

However, palace insiders told People the criticism of the “institution” cannot be separated from the Queen as she is head of the institution.

Buckingham Palace issued a statement in response to the Sussex royals’ interview with Ms Winfrey.

They said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

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