Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the longest reigning British monarch in British history, has died. Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing that the great monarch died peacefully on September 8 at her Balmoral Estate in Scotland. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow,” the statement concluded. News of the Queen’s death came hours after Buckingham Palace issued a statement (via BBC) saying she was placed under medical supervision amid concerns about her deteriorating health.
Tributes have continued to flow in from the UK and around the world following the Queen’s death. “Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built… She was the spirit of Britain and that spirit will endure,” Prime Minister LIz Truss said in her statement. President Joe Biden and his wife Jill also paid their respects to the late monarch, whom they described as “an enduring presence and a source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons”. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued to extend his condolences to the royal family and acknowledged the Queen’s support for the Canadian government over the years.
Similarly, royal fans pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth as they seek answers to some very troubling questions burning in their hearts.
Why hasn’t the royal family waited for Prince Harry?
Following the announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s deteriorating health, the BBC reported that senior members of the royal family, including her four children, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, made their way to Balmoral to join the side to be the queen.
The outlet also reported the arrival of the Queen’s grandson, Prince William, who is now the heir apparent, at the Scottish estate, while his brother Prince Harry was reportedly en route. However, Harry had yet to join his family when the Queen’s death was announced, and asked royal fans to wonder why the palace hadn’t delayed the announcement until his arrival.
“But can we talk about how dodgy it is that the royals didn’t wait for Prince Harry to arrive to announce she was dead?” One fan tweeted, adding that the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death was likely delayed until senior royals arrived. A second fan suggested that Prince Charles, who automatically became king after the death of his mother, didn’t start his reign on a good note. “It does not bode well if our new king could not wait for Harry’s arrival before announcing Her Majesty’s death,” the tweet read. “Wait for the whole family, not just the main actors. He would have known he was on his way. No matter what happened, he should have shown respect for the family.”
What’s next for Prince Andrew?
Prince Andrew, popularly known as Queen Elizabeth’s ‘favourite son’, has been embroiled in one scandal too many in recent years. One is his high-profile previous friendship with notorious sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who died in August 2019. That same year, Andrew was charged with sexual assault after Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims, revealed that she was sold to the prince when she was young 17. Andrew denied the allegations – but in January 2022, as a US Judge ruled that a civil trial over the sex abuse allegations could proceed, Andrew was stripped of all his royal patronage and military titles, according to NPR.
Despite this seemingly proverbial departure from the monarchy, royal fans have always theorized that the Queen has been the longest-serving shield to Andrew from public scrutiny. An example to support this speculation would be in August 2021, when the Daily Beast reported that Queen Elizabeth’s legal team had warned the British media to stay away from Andrew and her Balmoral Estate, where he was holidaying at the time.
Therefore, with the Queen’s death, the question arises as to whether or not the royal family would continue to protect Prince Andrew. One Twitter user wrote: “Need I remind people that happily the royal family has used millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money… to pay off Prince Andrew’s victims?” Queen have contributed – and yes, even more than the situation between Meghan and Harry.
What about Camilla?
After Prince Charles was officially proclaimed the new King of England, his wife Camilla Parker Bowles is now the country’s Queen Consort, according to The New York Post. This comes after years of speculation as to whether or not Bowles would receive the royal title. Interestingly, Queen Elizabeth cleared all doubts earlier in 2022 during the platinum jubilee of her reign. “When my son Charles becomes king in due course, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me and it is my sincere wish that Camilla will be when the time comes is known as the Queen Consort,” she said (via ABC).
However, royal watchers aren’t particularly excited about Bowles’ new rank in the royal family and have since shared their thoughts on Twitter. “Camila Parker Bowles is living the dream. Imagine going from 20 year mistress to Queen Consort???” one person tweeted. A second user wrote that the Queen’s new consort may have become a role model for “side chicks” around the world. All of this, of course, alluded to the messy note that started her relationship with Charles.
But maybe none of that matters right now. Britain has a new monarch and what can we say? Long live the king!