It’s been 20 years since Her Majesty the Queen lost her mother, and a lot has changed for our Royal Family.
When the Queen Mother was alive, the monarchy wouldn’t allow royals to wed divorcees.
But the rules have been bent in recent times and Prince Harry was allowed to marry Meghan Markle.
Since their exit from The Firm in 2020, the couple have unveiled shocking accusations about senior royals and Harry has refused to visit the UK without security for his family.
If the Queen Mother was alive, she’d have none of it, says Jennie Bond.
The former BBC royal correspondent told OK!: “In the Queen Mother’s eyes they’d be opening up ancient wounds. She’d be unbending and unforgiving.
“Here’s another prince of royal blood being taken away by an American actress – I think that’s how she would see it. To her, it would’ve been Wallis Simpson all over again.”
The Queen Mother’s life changed forever when her brother in law King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in favour of a life with his lover, American socialite Wallis Simpson.
The former King chose love over duty, and for some of the Royal Family his actions were unforgivable.
As a result, his brother King George VI stepped up to the throne and set his daughter Elizabeth’s destiny to be the future Queen of England.
The Queen Mother was not a fan of change, but she too rose to the challenge and supported her husband.
Jennie explains: “She was very old fashioned, a true traditional. I remember her private secretary saying that change was an absolute anathema here at Clarence House.”
So, Harry and Meghan would have got the cold shoulder from the Queen Mother. But she’d be so proud of Prince William.
“More than anyone, she’d be proud of William,” states Jennie. “I think he’s shaping up to be such a popular and modern future monarch.
“And she was always proud of Prince Charles and the role that he’s made for himself. There was such a love between them.”
Prince Harry has ruffled the feathers of royal followers once again for being absent from his grandfather Prince Philip’s memorial service.
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The thanksgiving ceremony, taking place at Westminster Abbey today, will celebrate the life of the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Experts shared concern about the Queen’s health and ability to attend the service.
But we were pleased to see Her Majesty looking strong with Prince Andrew on her arm as she entered the Abbey.
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