The Queen has spent the past few months in isolation with Prince Philip at Windsor castle as they shield amid the coronavirus pandemic. It has already been reported the royals may have to miss out on their annual summer trip to Balmoral but now it’s been suggested the Queen may not return to London until next year.
Speaking to This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Camilla Tominey said her return to Buckingham Palace is very much up in the air.
She explained: “What I will tell you about is the royal summer plans. So that Newsnight interview and in fact Megxit seems like a long time ago.
“What we really know at the moment, August is usually the month that they take off like you two, TV royalty.
“We think that the Queen will go to Balmoral, that is the normal plan for every year.
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“But what we don’t know is if she is going to be returning to Buckingham Palace afterwards.
“That’s hanging in the balance because the Royal Collection Trust has just announced that it’s made huge losses.
“Like £64million worth of losses because of the lack of visitors and it’s that trust money which helps to fund the whole household.
“So there are people in London who are worried about their jobs, there is a recruitment freeze, there are asking for voluntary redundancies from the Trust people.
“At moment the Queen and Prince Philip are still holed up at Windsor Castle with the very small group of staff, 22 members of staff actually called HMS Bubble that are cocooned around them.”
Camilla continued: “with everything going on, the palace will follow government guidance but it might be unlikely she is back in London this year and remains in Windsor Castle.
“In the meantime the other royals will have to step up to the plate. There may be some events that go ahead at Buckingham Palace but will they be officiated by Prince William or Prince Charles? Yes, probably.”
Camilla also spoke about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relaunch of Archewell in LA, describing it as a “damp squib”.
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She commented: “Well it’s stressful as well because they wanted to have this great relaunch in America right.
“They have their new charitable foundation Archewell, named after baby Archie, and for them to hit the ground running over there.
“Of course coronavirus has put a stop to all of it. We don’t know when their Apple TV series with Orpah is coming out.
“That may have been put on hold so it’s been a bit of a damp squib and that’s not what they wanted.”
Camilla explained she felt they would have to “reset” their launch for January.
Going on to address the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with Kate Middleton and Prince William, Camilla shareD: “Well, in a way as far as their charitable collaboration is concerned, the final death nail was sounded on the relationship in the winding up on both of their contributions to Diana Foundation.
“The brothers used that as a joint initiative to raise funds for their own charitable endeavours but now they say they’re going to syphon the funds off separately.
“So quite symbolic that those two Diana related funds are now going in two different directions.”
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