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.
- The Queen's subtle sign is a way of responding publicly, without actually saying anything, to her grandson's concerning statements.
- Some believe that a well-timed visit from one of her closest aides Angela Kelly speaks volumes about what Her Majesty thinks of Harry's opinion.
- In other royal news, Princess Anne shares the Queen’s secrets for always looking good and praises her ‘extraordinary perspective’ on current affairs.
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 (opens in new tab), which details Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's departure from royal duties, they claim there was drama between the Queen's aide and grandson.
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.
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 (opens in new tab)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."
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