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Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth Have ‘Intense Talks’ at Balmoral, Plotting His Future

Welcome to this week’s edition of Royalist, The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday. Prince Andrew’s “intense talks” with the queen Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth have been having “intense talks” at Balmoral, according to the Sun on Sunday. Poor woman! Can’t she just be left alone to watch the carpet of purple heather on the moors sway in the breeze, or a passing…

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“Intense talks” between Prince Andrew and the monarch

The Sun on Sunday reported that Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth had “intense talks” at Balmoral. Oh, that poor lady! Why can’t she be left alone to enjoy the swaying purple heather on the moors, the floating midges, and the jumping salmon? Poor Brenda has been “alone” with her son for the past three days as they try to figure out what to do in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein/Virginia Giuffre scandal, which led to the removal of his titles.

What are they discussing? Future Andrew. According to The Sun, the queen has already denied his request to regain his royal titles, and now he “wants a new position to see out his days” since Prince Charles and Prince William likely do not have any plans for him to play a public role.

“He is 62 years old and knows that he can’t spend the rest of his days ­sitting around at Royal Lodge in Windsor, walking his dogs and ­riding horses,” Andrew’s friend said to the paper. Currently, he is considering his options. The Queen and he have talked about his future plans. Yet, there are also conversations involving the whole family.

Andrew’s constant whining and the arrival of a new prime minister don’t seem to care that the queen is eating a jam sandwich (depicted in the image below).

The last line of The Sun’s article, “A spokesman for Andrew did not want to comment,” conjures up mental images of vintage Hamlet cigar commercials, in which a troubled person finds solace by striking a match and lighting the cigar while the world around them descends into chaos.

In honor of Diana, here are some topics of conversation regarding the recent crash

As the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approaches, expect a deluge of shows investigating the events leading up to her untimely passing. There is a thriving subculture of people who believe the crash occurred under suspicious circumstances, despite repeated official rulings that it was an accident caused primarily by a drunk, speeding driver.

In an excellent interview for The Daily Beast, Marlow Stern spoke with Sir John Stevens, the retired police officer who led Operation Paget, the inquiry into Diana’s death, and a major contributor to the new Discovery+ docuseries, The Diana Investigations. For all Diana-skeptics, Marlow’s interview with Stevens is required reading, but his final word is worth repeating.

Stevens says to Marlow, “You’re absolutely right. If Diana had been wearing a seatbelt, she would have survived the crash.” There are many different factors that can lead to a crash of this nature, and if you removed just one of them, you would prevent the crash from occurring. And it has been established that even in that hopeless state of the car, they would have survived had they been wearing their seatbelts. In the words of the experts, “that is so.”

Even Andrew Morton, author of the definitive Diana book Diana: Her True Story, told The Royalist a few weeks ago the same thing: “If she had been wearing a seatbelt, she would be alive today.”

When asked about Diana’s death by the Telegraph, Stevens said that police should have questioned Martin Bashir. ‘Had we known about Bashir before the conclusions of the inquiry we would definitely gone to interview him, possibly under caution,’ he said. In a heartbeat, we would have interrogated him.

When prompted, why didn’t he volunteer? We failed to notice him, which is, on reflection, unacceptable. No doubt he went in that direction. Obviously, he would have been aware of his own complicity in her emotional condition.

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Every morning, the queen has her jam sandwich.

This explains why Queen Elizabeth and Paddington Bear had such a strong connection in the endearing Platinum Jubilee video. His favorite sandwich is a marmalade one, while the Queen has been eating a jam sandwich every day since she was 5 years old, as revealed by her former chef. This week’s sugary secret was spilled by Darren McGrady.

A jam penny is “just bread and jam with a little butter, usually strawberry jam,” as one user put it. At Balmoral Castle, we used to use the most beautiful Scottish strawberries from the gardens to make jam. “They were called pennies, after the size of the old English penny,” McGrady said of the sandwiches that were sliced into circles.

Withering Hands

Even though Prince Edward, the queen’s youngest son, and his wife, Sophie, have made relatability an art form, it still comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that their eldest child, Lady Louise Windsor, is working at a garden center this summer for £6.83 an hour ($8 U.S.).

This is Lady Louise’s last summer job before she heads off to St. Andrew’s University in Scotland to continue her education, which is the alma mater of Prince William.

It took me two looks before I realized it was Lady Louise,” one shopper told the Sun. She’s a shy, gentle young lady who’s always pleasant and helpful to her clients. Her enthusiasm for her work was palpable. Who would have thought that the queen’s granddaughter would one day be working the register?

Still more covert royal activity!

The Duchess of Kent, not to be confused with the terribly grand Princess Michael of Kent, has given an interview to the Telegraph, which is yet more unexpected royal employment news. The duchess, then known as Katharine, worked as a music teacher at a Hull elementary school for a total of 13 years beginning in the early 1990s.

“I was just known as Mrs. Kent, only the head knew who I was,” she reveals to the Telegraph. However, the parents were unaware… Nobody ever found out. There was zero promotion for it, but it still managed to succeed. She claims that the monarch gave her the green light to proceed with her project when she asked for permission. In 1961, she tied the knot with the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent. The 89-year-old woman also mentions to Camilla Tominey that her favorite rap artists are Eminem and Ice Cube.

What happened this week in monarchy

It was on August 30, 1930, that the world was introduced to Princess Margaret, a person who is simultaneously timeless and timeless in their tragic grandeur and brilliant color. It was on February 9, 2002, when she was 71 years old, that she passed away.

Many questions remain unanswered.

The week leading up to the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death is sure to be filled with reminiscences and speculations about the events that transpired in the tunnel in Paris. What, if anything, will Prince William, Prince Harry, and the rest of the royal family say on or before August 31?

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