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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today dodged an awkward question about the Duke of Sussex’s claim he came to Britain last week to ensure the Queen is ‘protected’.
As the fallout from his incendiary interview continued on Her Majesty’s 96th birthday, a broadcaster called out to William and Kate when they left the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today. ‘Sir, does the Queen need protecting?’
The duke and duchess did not respond and continued into the vehicle before being driven away.
Harry, who met with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in The Hague today, appeared to issue a veiled warning to those closest to the Queen when interviewed by a US network earlier this week, saying he wanted to make sure his grandmother was ‘protected’ and had ‘the right people around her’.
Harry also risked further fueling the rift with his estranged older brother by stating that their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was now watching over him from beyond the grave as ‘she’s done her bit’ with Prince William and his family.
Today’s incident echoed a moment a year ago when Prince William hit back against Harry and Meghan’s race claims in an interview with Oprah. The future king was at a primary school with his wife where he said: ‘We’re very much not a racist family’.
The Duke of Cambridge was the first royal to personally respond to the allegations that are said to have deeply upset him as well as their grandmother and father.
Prince Charles is said to be at the end of his tether with his youngest son as palace staff who cared for Her Majesty throughout the pandemic accused the Duke of Sussex of ‘breathtaking arrogance’ over his suggestion his grandmother needs extra protection.
Meanwhile, the Queen is celebrating her birthday with little fuss today – and tributes have poured in from her family including William and Kate.
To mark the occasion, a glorious photograph has been released of Her Majesty standing with two of her own favorite fell ponies, Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of them with the Queen and said on Instagram: ‘Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today! An inspiration to so many across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world, it’s particularly special to be celebrating in this Platinum Jubilee year’.
Prince Charles also shared a series of images of his smiling mother through her life – as well as with him and his wife Camilla – with the caption: ‘Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a particularly special 96th birthday today, as we celebrate her Platinum Jubilee year’.