April 2021
Vol 42 No 4
Queen Elizabeth II at 95; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ ten years of marriage; Victoria & Albert III, floating palace to four kings; the royal exiles who received a lukewarm welcome in the US during the Second World War.
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Ingrid Seward
Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine
Ingrid is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent writers and commentators on the royal family and has published over 15 books and contributed numerous articles to publications worldwide. Ingrid is in the unique position of knowing many members of the royal family personally and through Majesty enjoys a special relationship with the Royal Household.
Letter from the Editor

If the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want a private life the last thing they should do is give interviews. Interviews have a habit of backfiring, especially televised ones, as witnessed by Harry’s mother the Princess of Wales and more recently by his uncle, the Duke of York. Andrew’s infamous Newsnight interview lost him his life as he knew it, while Diana’s ill-judged Panorama interview led to the divorce that she never wanted. 

Chat shows with ‘King and Queen of Hollywood’ James Corden and Oprah Winfrey are the oxygen of celebrity. Diana refused to do the latter. Both hosts adopt a super-friendly almost bedside manner that eases their guest into a false sense of security and indiscretions soon start to flow. Negotiating awkward questions is for politicians and, in my opinion, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex subjecting themselves to the kind of soul-baring interview favoured by Oprah is not a good idea.   

Harry’s televised bus ride with James Corden began with a glimpse of the old quick-witted prince, but he was unwise to imply his approval of Netflix’s The Crown. Netflix have of course signed the Sussexes to a multimillion-dollar deal that prevents Harry from being critical, despite the fact that the fictional portrayals of his father and grandfather in the latest series are viewed by some – me included – as appalling inaccurate. 

Historically, every member of the royal family has had a hard time with the press in one way or another. Sadly, it seems to have become an integral part of being royal. With the perks of position and rank – and in Harry’s case the perfect wedding and country home – come obligation and responsibility to the institution of monarchy. 

When it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were to lose their royal patronages – as widely predicted – they mistakenly allowed their PR to issue a statement that could be interpreted as a swipe at the Queen’s lifetime of duty and service.

Some of their admirers found this perplexing and wished they had maintained a dignified silence; many, however, were quick to defend the couple’s response, finding fault instead with the attitude of ‘The Firm’ towards them. The royal mantra ‘never complain, never explain’ is seemingly not for Harry and Meghan, yet they may find that learning to tolerate the negative aspects of being high profile is essential for their sanity. 

The good news is that after the sadness of her miscarriage last year the Duchess of Sussex is expecting another baby. Meghan and Harry were photographed to celebrate the event by Misan Harriman, who later described on TV how he had taken the photograph remotely from 5,000 miles away in the UK using an iPad in their garden. 

Archie’s new baby brother or sister will be eighth in line to the throne when he or she is born in the summer and a potential playmate for Princess Eugenie’s baby boy, born on 9 February. His elaborate name – August Philip Hawke Brooksbank – honours older generations. Queen Victoria’s consort Prince Albert had August as a middle name, while Philip is a tribute to Eugenie’s much-loved grandfather. Hawke is a reminder of Jack’s four-times-great-grandfather. 

On 16 February, the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London suffering from an infection. On 1 March, he was transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he subsequently underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition. His lengthy stay in hospital is naturally a cause for concern, given his age. 

We wish him all the best for a full recovery. 

This Issue's Features
OH HAPPY DAY: With the Cambridges about to celebrate their tin wedding anniversary, Victoria Murphy looks at the past 10 years
NEARLY QUEEN MARIA: The Polish countess who almost became the second wife of King Carl XV of Sweden and of Norway, by Trond Norén Isaksen
NEVER TO SAIL IN HER: Victoria & Albert III, the royal yacht that served as a floating palace to four British kings, by Richard Walsh
‘LET GOD SAVE THE KING’: Although Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomed exiled royals during the Second World War, other Americans were less friendly
BUSINESS AS USUAL: Queen Elizabeth II at 95: reigning through a pandemic and coping with upsetting family matters, by Ingrid Seward
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The evolving decades of Her Majesty’s long and eventful life from a photographic perspective
BELGRADE COUP: Eighty years ago this month, Prince Paul and Princess Olga of Yugoslavia were forced into exile, by Robert Prentice
Our round-up of photographs shows royal families of the world at work and play
Robert Golden reflects on various aspects of regal life, both ancient and modern

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