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Queen May Be Britain’s Last Successful Monarch, Says Society Author

A society author has presented that Queen Elizabeth II could be Britain’s last successful monarch, attributing it to the fact that the royal family’s “petty squabbles are in the papers almost daily.”

Petronella Wyatt, the daughter of one of the late Queen Mother’s closest friends, politician and journalist Woodrow Wyatt, has asked “Was the Jubilee a fond farewell to the monarchy?” according to the Daily Mail.

Wyatt’s comments about the royal family come in the aftermath of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her historic 70 year reign. The milestone has been followed by a series of royal upsets including fractions within the royal family regarding Prince Andrew and comments made by Prince Charles criticizing a government deportation scheme to Rwanda.

Quoted by the Daily MailWyatt was not confident of the monarchy’s future with Charles and William in charge, musing that the queen could be Britain’s last successful monarch.

Author Petronella Wyatt has asked whether the queen’s Platinum Jubilee was “a fond farewell to the monarchy” amid a period of royal upsets. The queen is photographed above on May 22, 2021. Prince Charles and Prince William (inset) are photographed together on June 18, 2019.
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“‘The Queen’s heirs can’t hold it together,” she said. “Charles thinks he’s leader of the opposition, William is petulant and their family petty squabbles are in the papers almost daily. This would not have happened on Prince Philip’s watch.”

Philip, the perceived patriarch of the royal family, died in April 2021 at the age of 99. The funeral held at the castle some days later marked another important milestone for the fractious royal family in that it was the first time since stepping down as a full-time working royal that Prince Harry had returned to the UK

The prince’s return came just weeks after the broadcast of his and wife Meghan Markle’s landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan did not attend the funeral, staying instead at the family home in Santa Barbara California and sending a floral tribute in her place. Royal watchers saw a small reunion between Harry and William, who have experienced a strained relationship in recent years, when the brothers were filmed in conversation after the funeral service.

This sight was not repeated at the Platinum Jubilee which saw headlines before and during the events dominated by whether William and Harry would make a joint show of celebration for the queen.

Royal Family Platinum Jubilee Balcony Appearance
The queen undertook two jubilee balcony appearances during the Platinum Jubilee weekend with Prince Charles deputizing for the 96-year-old monarch at other planned events. From LR: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton and Prince Louis together on June 5, 2022.
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The jubilee national service of thanksgiving was the public’s first opportunity to see Harry, William, Meghan and Kate Middleton together since the Oprah interview. The couples, however, did not interact, arriving and leaving separately and being seated far apart.

Despite Wyatt’s comments about William and her skepticism over the future of the monarchy, a recent poll undertaken by IPSOS UK shows that the public is more optimistic. When asked if they thought William would do a “good job” as king, 74 percent responded in the affirmative while just 7 percent said they thought he would do a “bad job.”

A poll undertaken by the same body in April also found that nearly half of Brits thought Charles would do a “good job” as king. This compared to 19 percent who answered that they thought he would do a “bad job.”

As the queen’s health and mobility continue to affect her undertaking of private and official engagements, both Charles and William have seen their roles increase. In May, Charles was asked to represent the monarch at the State Opening of Parliament and read, for the first time, the monarch’s speech to the House of Lords and MPs.

At the Platinum Jubilee celebrations the queen also relied on Charles to deputize at the planned events with the 96-year-old queen only making public appearances for the two Buckingham Palace balcony appearances at the opening and closing of the festivities.

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