The Queen's subtle sign that she doesn't need protecting

The Queen's subtle sign that she's happy with those around her and doesn't need to be 'protected' like Prince Harry suggested

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The Queen's subtle sign that she's absolutely fine and doesn't need to be, 'protected,' comes in the wake of Prince Harry's concerning comments. His suggestion included reference to the importance of having the, "right people around her"—which some have suggested is a dig towards a close aide.

Only shortly after the Queen's birthday photo, taken at Windsor Castle in celebration of her 96th birthday, was published—her grandson's comments provided cause for concern.

Prince Harry discussed his devotion to the Queen,  in a TV interview that aired on NBC's TODAY show. A part of this loyalty, revealed as Prince Harry opened up about his 'special relationship' with the Queen, is knowing that she's, "protected and got the right people around her."

Some have suggested that this was a dig at Angela Kelly, who has worked as the Queen's Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser since 2002, after first being introduced to her in 1992. 

According to allegations made by authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, there's no love lost between Prince Harry and Angela. In their book Finding Freedom, which details Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's departure from royal duties, they claim there was drama between the Queen's aide and grandson.

Queen Elizabeth II sits with Anna Wintour, Caroline Rush (L), chief executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC) and royal dressmaker Angela Kelly (R) as they view Richard Quinn's runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design as she visits London Fashion Week's BFC Show Space on February 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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The book accuses the dresser of, "deliberately dragging her feet," when the Duchess asked to have access to a tiara. Seemingly, Angela wasn't helpful when Meghan asked to try on the ornamental crown picked by her and Prince Harry ahead of their nuptials in May 2018.

Despite any suggestions that Her Majesty needs to be 'protected,' the Queen's unlikely lockdown hairdresser and closest aide Angela was seen driving onto Sandringham Estate on the monarch's birthday. This couldn't make it more clear that she's happy as Larry with those around her.

Angela Kelly

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It's no surprise as Angela is so close to the monarch that she was one of the 30 people isolated in the 'HMS Bubble' at Windsor Castle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela’s 2019 picture book The Other Side of the Coin, which details her life with the Queen, has a royally approved update set for re-release. 

ITV reported that Harper Collins, who are publishing the book, said, “The Queen personally gave Angela her blessing to share their unparalleled bond with the world and Angela is the first serving member of the Royal Household to be given this extraordinary permission."

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

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