A royal expert has said the royal family will not allow the Queen to spend Christmas alone as she celebrates the festive season for the first time without the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Her Majesty, who yesterday decided to miss her usual chapel in Windsor as a precaution due to the growing threat of the Omricon variable, is due to leave for Sandringham on Wednesday, but plans are under constant review.
Despite concerns that the 95-year-old Queen might abandon plans to host family celebrations at the Norfolk estate, royal reporter Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV The Royal Beat that she was unlikely to spend the holiday alone.
Prince Andrew is one of the names being floated to join Her Majesty on Christmas Day because he is “always on the Queen’s side”.
She added that the following After Philip died at the age of 99 in April, Sarah Ferguson – who had a frosty relationship with the Duke – is likely to join ex-husband Prince Andrew in the celebration.
A royal expert has said the royal family will not allow the Queen to spend Christmas alone without the late Duke of Edinburgh. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with children George and Charlotte at Christmas Day mass at St Mary Magdalene Church in 2019
Her Majesty, who decided yesterday to miss her annual Mass at Church in Windsor as a precaution due to the growing threat of Covid, is set to leave for Sandringham on Wednesday. She was photographed in Sandringham with her late husband in 2019
“The idea of the Queen being alone at Christmas without Philip, I simply can’t believe the family would let that happen, and I don’t think it would,” Katie said in an interview with The Royal Beat on True Royalty TV.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward added that Andrew, 61, would be “definitely there, he’s always on the Queen’s side” before Katie speculated that “Philip may not be around now, Fergie will be too”.
the queen yesterday She missed her usual chapel at Windsor as part of measures to protect traditional Christmas celebrations, which have been held at Sandringham since 1988.
It will be the Queen’s first Christmas since her husband Philip, 73, died earlier this year, and family members are understood to be preparing to stick around so she doesn’t have to spend it alone.
The royal expert added that after Philip died at the age of 99 in April, it is possible that Sarah Ferguson – who had a frosty relationship with the Duke – will join her ex-husband Prince Andrew for the festivities. A picture of the Duke and Duchess of York was taken at Ascot in 2019
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and the family of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex are expected to make the trip to join the Queen in the festivities this week.
The Queen is still eager to go to her beloved 20,000-acre home in Sandringham, where she usually stays until early February – particularly as she has spent the past year in Windsor with her late husband and a few staff, due to the closure.
Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah, 62, continues to live with the Duke of York in their home at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, and while he shares a close relationship with his mother – Fergie has been left out of the royal festivities for many years since their divorce.
While Philip looked at their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, affectionately, it is believed that he considered the Duchess of York “simply beyond pale”.
According to Giles Brandreth, the late Duke decided “that’s enough is enough” when photos appeared in a daily newspaper of Sarah topless and having her toes sucked by a lover in southern France.
While Philip looked at their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, with affection, it is believed that he considered the Duchess of York “simply beyond pale”
Katie went on to talk about Her Majesty’s relationship with her son Andrew, who is facing questions about his controversial friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
He is being sued in New York by Virginia Joffrey, 38, who alleges he sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions when she was 17 – in London, New York and the Caribbean island of Epstein.
Andrew, who does not face any criminal charges, “categorically” denies Joffrey’s allegations against him.
“My understanding is that she had full and candid conversations with Andrew,” she said. He assured her that he was innocent and she trusted him.
I think the situation she finds herself in is really twofold, there is a split. She is a queen and she has had to make decisions as a queen.
Difficult decisions in stripping her son of his duties and nurturing him and essentially removing him from royal life and putting him into early retirement, given their closeness which was difficult.
“But of course the other role she plays is that of a mother and we see her standing next to Andrew.”