MAINTENANCE. Elizabeth II’s funeral: why scandals will continue to plague the Windsor family

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Townsend affair, “Tampongate” scandal, revelations about Prince Andrew, Harry’s biography… the image of the royal family continues to be dug up. Showing resistance and anger under the reign of Elizabeth II, will the British crown resist these repeated scandals under King Charles III? Bertrand Deckers, journalist specializing in the British monarchy answers questions from La Dépêche du Midi.

What were the major scandals that rocked the British monarchy under the reign of Elizabeth II?

In my opinion, the first ‘shiny’ scandal that caused the ink to flow was the Peter Townsend affair in 1953. Margaret, the sister of Elizabeth II, wanted to marry Commander Peter Townsend, a divorced man. . But the queen, who is also head of the Anglican Church, refused to give her consent to this marriage because the Church does not recognize divorce. The magazines echoed this and even sided with Margaret. There is also the scandal of “Tampongate” where, in 1993, the unpleasant exchange between Prince Charles and Camilla came to light. The world will then realize that Prince Charles, married to Diana, has a mistress, thus confirming the rumors. Recently, it was the scandal of Prince Andrew, who was involved in the Epstein affair, that spread the royal family.

Should we expect Prince Andrew to return to the public square?

The Queen was forced to strip her favorite son of his predicate of Royal Highness and the privileges that come with it. So Charles III did not have to manage Andrew’s affairs. The fallen son somehow got out of the royal area. The media will not pay much attention to his actions. The real thorn in King Charles III’s side is Harry and Meghan.

Officially scheduled for November, the release of Harry’s biography book, which the crown fears, has been postponed. Is this a sign of rejection?

Announced before the queen’s death, the book’s publication was postponed until January to cover the death of her grandmother. Should we expect today a tribute book that no one else has? Let me doubt it. If we know the amount paid by Penguin Random House editions to buy the rights to the manuscript, they expect juicy scandals. The publishing house even presented the book as one of the revelations about the traumas that marked Harry’s childhood.

Are the scandals unstoppable?

Harry and Meghan fell into a trap where they needed money. Their lifestyle is expensive, like their villa in Montecito. Just to ensure their safety, it costs a lot. The head of their guards is none other than the former security chief of the Obamas. On the other hand, no longer part of the royal family, they need another source of money to maintain their lifestyle. It’s sad to say, but so far the only solution they’ve found is to spread themselves in the media talking about the royal family. In addition, Netflix is ​​filming a documentary series on the life of Meghan and Harry. 99 million dollars was paid to the platform to do this. Now the royal family no longer trusts Harry.

How can the new king overcome these objections?

He had no choice but to return Harry to the fold of the crown. By giving it an official role, Charles III was also able to convey the image of a reunited family. But mainly, Meghan is the problem. Harry left as he pushed her against the wall. Concretely to limit the scandals, the challenge of Charles III was to tighten the family by limiting the members of the royal family to the sovereigns and their children, even their direct heirs. I am convinced that Chales III will surprise us. While Elizabeth II has become a kind of grandmother who does not hesitate to cover Harry’s escapades, which are “his joy in life”, Charles does not seem to be very reconciled. We all witnessed his behavior in the inkwell episode which became a buzz on social networks.

What is the attitude of the British in the face of these repeated scandals?

Scandals are part of everyday life in Britain. The tabloid press reports an anecdote about the royal family every day. Their every move is scrutinized every day. The British are in demand because the royal family is their family. They want to see them live. Basically, only the most confusing things happen to us. Scandals are part of Windsor’s DNA. It should be noted that it was because of a scandal that Queen Elizabeth was able to claim the throne. By abducting to marry Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII allowed George VI to become king, making Elizabeth his heir.

Last job. I love Elizabeth II. Published by Robert Laffont

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