The Queen Faces 'Two Ferocious PR Storms' With Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, Royal Expert Says

© AFP 2022 / CHRIS JACKSONBritain's Queen Elizabeth II watches a military ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle on June 12, 2021 in Windsor.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II watches a military ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle on June 12, 2021 in Windsor. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.10.2021
In recent years, the Royal Family has been rocked by a series of scandals, including the departure of the Sussexes, who stepped down from royal duties and moved to North America in order to become financially independent as well as sexual abuse allegations made against the Queen's second son, Prince Andrew.
Next year will be quite stressful for Buckingham Palace, a royal commentator has suggested. According to expert Daniela Elser, Queen Elizabeth II and other senior members of the family face "two ferocious PR storms" that may cast a long shadow over the celebration of the monarch's Platinum Jubilee year (marking 70 years of the monarch's service).

The first storm is the upcoming memoir by Prince Harry, in which the Duke of Sussex plans to talk about his life as a senior royal as well as his "highs and lows, the mistakes, [and] the lessons" he's learned.
The news of the upcoming book is said to have caused a furore inside Buckingham Palace as the Queen and Prince Charles, heir to the throne, were reportedly not informed about Harry's upcoming plans. Royal pundits went as far as to describe the upcoming book as a "f*** you to the family".

Judging by the remarks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made in a now infamous interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey he is "yet to truly plum the depths of his reservoir of hurt and anger when it comes to his family", said Daniela Elser.

"The possibility that his book will condemn the Royal Family and the monarchy even more than we have seen thus far looms large", the expert said.

The second storm is the sexual abuse allegations made against Prince Andrew. The Queen's second son, said to be her favourite, is accused by American Virginia Giuffre of abusing her at least three times, including when she was an underage girl. The royal has categorically denied the accusations.
A US judge has recently set a deadline for Prince Andrew's testimony, ruling that he has to be questioned under oath by mid-July 2022, that's around the time the Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.

The development comes amid widespread concern about the health of the monarch. On 20 October, the 95-year-old monarch had to scrap her upcoming visit to Northern Ireland after doctors advised her to rest for a few days. That same day she was driven to King Edward VII's hospital for what Buckingham Palace said were "preliminary investigations".

On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch will miss the the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November.
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