The Queen’s absence from the spotlight is “problematic when the Royal Family needs repair”, a royal expert has claimed.
Daniela Elser argues that right now is the moment Her Majesty is most needed as a figurehead and a unifying totem.
She said: “2021 has seen the royals scrape their way through 12 months of publicity so bad, and plumbing such new depths of debasement, that Fergie’s toe-sucking shenanigans now look positively humdrum.
“The key actors to point the finger at for this dismal state of affairs are obviously Prince Andrew, and Harry and Meghan.”
August saw Andrew become the first member of the Royal Family to be publicly accused of sexual assault, with Virginia Giuffre, a former sex trafficking victim of Jeffrey Epstein, claim he sexually abused her on three occasions, with Andrew repeatedly denying said claims.
Elser explained: “No matter if Andrew and his team of pitbull lawyers prevail in court. The stain of the friendship between Andrew and Epstein is a stain that will never come out for the royal family.”
In early March when the Sussexes had a sit-down two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey, they “unleashed the sort of barrage the palace has not faced since German bombers turned up in British airspace”, Elser claims.
She continued: “The Sussexes’ accusations of intentional racism, cruelty and a horrifying lack of compassion are ones that have indelibly marked the palace’s image.”
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The royal commentator believes there is a lot of “repair” work to be done to the monarchy – work that no one can more effectively and speedily achieve than the Queen.
“And that obviously is why her extended break from public life is so problematic”, Elser added.
The Daily Star has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
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