Must be anxious Royal expert shares fears over Queens difficult year ahead

Royal duty will transition away from the Queen says Jennie Bond

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Royal expert Jennie Bond appeared on Monday’s instalment of BBC Breakfast to discuss the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee which will mark her “extraordinary” 70-year reign on the throne. During the interview with Sally Nugent and Ben Thompson, Jennie revealed why she thought the monarch must be feeling particularly anxious about the year ahead. The 71-year-old opened up on her concerns over Prince Harry’s memoir and claims made against Prince Andrew. 

Jennie, who spent 14 years as the BBC’s royal correspondent, appeared on Monday’s show to give viewers an update on the Queen ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

Sally explained: “Now this year is going to be a remarkable celebration for the Queen after a difficult time?”

Jennie replied: “This year promises to be very special indeed but last year was pretty awful for the Queen.”

She continued: “And of course, the great tragedy for [the Queen] was the loss of her beloved [Prince] Philip in April. And I think we saw in her Christmas message just how much she is still missing him.”

The royal commentator also addressed the other difficulties Her Majesty has faced which include Prince Harry moving to America to leave his royal life behind, her son Prince Andrew’s civil law case as well as her own ill health. 

Ben, who was presenting the programme alongside Sally, said: “Jennie, all those things you’ve mentioned there don’t look like they are going away anytime soon, particularly the Harry and Meghan [Markle] thing and Harry’s book that will be published. 

“We know the pandemic is still continuing and of course, Prince Andrew is in the headlines. 2022 will not be an easy year either will it?”

Reflecting on Ben’s words, Jennie replied: “No, particularly Harry’s memoirs which are due to come out in the Autumn are going to make huge news whatever he says and she must be anxious about that. 

“She still appears to be in contact but she hasn’t even met her little great-granddaughter.”

Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lillibet was born on June 4, 2021, in California. 

Jennie added: “The Prince Andrew case is very much alive and there is going to be a ruling later today (Monday) about a document and there’s a further court hearing tomorrow. 

“So there’s a lot of anxiety on what should be the best year for her. What an extraordinary milestone and I think everyone would hope she could find some peace and harmony within her own family and some joy in the celebrations to come.” 

The Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee having ascended to the throne in 1952 when she was 25 years old.

Throughout the year, the Queen and members of the Royal Family will travel around the UK to mark the historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee weekend in June.

Jennie added: “It will be much tailored back because of her health but other members of the Royal Family will be more prominent, certainly Camilla and [Prince] Charles.

“Camilla certainly has a great deal of respect from the Queen who recently named her in the New Year Honours.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be taken a leading role in the celebrations, Jennie added. 

“I hope the Queen does find the strength to enjoy the celebrations,” Jennie explained. 

An extended bank holiday, from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the country to mark the milestone. 

BBC Breakfast continues weekdays between 6am and 9am on BBC One.

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