Royal writer Matthew Dennison recently wrote ‘The Queen’, a biography that explores Elizabeth’s decades-long reign
Queen Elizabeth II continues to rely on her faith to deal with difficult times.
In the wake of leaving royal duties, his grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle gave Oprah Winfrey an explosive TV interview in March of this year, where they described painful comments about how dark their son Archie’s skin was before he was born. can.
Buckingham Palace said the racism allegations leveled by the couple were “relatable” and would be addressed privately.
A month later, Prince Philip, the reigning monarch’s husband, who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife, died on April 9 at the age of 99. And earlier this month, the Queen’s son Prince Andrew admitted through his lawyer that he has been served a lawsuit by an American woman who says he sexually assaulted her.
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Royal writer Matthew Dennison told Granthshala News the 95-year-old queen is turning to her Christian faith to help her recover from the ongoing drama at the palace.
“He has a strong religious faith,” he shared. “What the Queen has done is to pray during all this. She also has a loyal, supportive group of personal secretaries, waiting ladies and devoted friends who have been a strong system around her. She also has the support of her. Close family.”
“She finds it difficult to deal with difficult issues,” he said. “I think she’s gotten better over time.”
Dennison, who authored eight critically acclaimed books, recently wrote “Queen,” A new biography that explores Elizabeth’s decades-long reign. She spoke to several palace insiders, both past and present, to tell the story of the queen. Dennison said that during her research, faith played a major role in royal life.
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“He has a connection with the divine,” he explained. “She is an emperor who made a promise to God to fulfill his duty. And it is a promise which he has taken very seriously in his life. Even as a young woman , she has faced a huge expectation of what kind of queen she should be… she has embraced that role.”
Despite losing her beloved husband, Dennison said Elizabeth has no plans to step down. His eldest son Prince Charles, 72, is the first to sit on the throne.
Dennison shared: “There was no real expectation that the death of the Duke of Edinburgh would prompt the Queen to step down.” “In the very short time she has spoken to her closest friends about it, she has always been clear that the promises made at her coronation are binding. These are promises made to God in the church. These are sacred promises. He is always Said she would resign only if she had Alzheimer’s disease, a stroke, or something that would incapacitate her in some way. But this role is for life.”
Dennison reports that despite the family drama and tragedy, the Queen has chosen to move on.
“There are two other very important deaths in her life that shaped her later years – the death of her mother at 101 and the death of her beloved sister Princess Margaret a few weeks before that,” he said. “The Queen’s reaction to both of those tragic losses was to keep going with the task at hand. So, I’m not at all surprised that this is her reaction to the Duke’s death as well. That doesn’t mean she’s ‘getting it too deep’. I’m not feeling it.”
Family has also been essential to the life of the Queen. Despite moving to California after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from royal duties, Dennison said Harry, 37, still has a close relationship with his grandmother.
“Ultimately, the decision to retreat had to be taken by the Queen first,” he said. “The Queen did a lot of work. Judgment [the Duke and Duchess of Sussex initially] Access was a sort of half-baked arrangement. One where they will spend part of the year as ordinary people in North America and then part of the year in Britain, or as working members of the Commonwealth, based in the Commonwealth. It’s simply not possible. That duty, as the Queen has shown, cannot be a part-time call. Duty to the queen is omnipresent. You are dedicated to duty every day of your life. You can’t take six months or a year off from it.”
“She reacted very sensitively to her grandson, but she also reacted very clearly and strongly,” he continued. “There is no doubt that what happened left the Queen with a level of despair. And when interviewed [with Oprah] Aired, it was quite shocking in the UK. Many people were shocked by the televised interview as it seemed like a ruthless act to do. And of course, the timing was shocking. Many believe that at his age he should live in calm waters. He shouldn’t have to deal with such things.”
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Dennison said she hopes her book will teach readers the most important lesson the Queen has demonstrated over the years – duty comes first.
“One thing was clearly understood, certainly in Britain,” he said. “When the Queen came to the throne in 1952, [her goal] Didn’t want to be a celebrity. It didn’t have to be a movie star. It’s not that kind of role. Nowadays the dominance of celebrity culture has made it difficult for people to differentiate between royalty and celebrity. The Queen has always made a very clear distinction between those things. I hope readers will realize the joy they have received from this lifelong calling and the contribution they have made to the lives of the Commonwealth.”
Elizabeth became queen after the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. He was formally crowned in 1953 and has reigned longer than any other monarch in British history.
According to the royal family’s website, the Queen has ties to more than 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organizations as either royal patron or president. His conservation and charity focus on a variety of causes, including providing opportunities for young people and the environment.
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Then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947—five years before she became queen at the age of 25. Their marriage lasted 73 years, making Philip Britain’s longest-serving wife. He publicly described the Duke of Edinburgh as his “strength and living”.
Elizabeth marked June 10 with the planting of a new breed of rose in Philip’s name to mark what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.