The word “prim and proper” can describe the public’s perception of Queen Elizabeth during her respected 70-year reign.
“For Charles and the Queen, their lives were literally their work,” wrote Labor Party politician Peter Mandelson in his memoirs. New Yorker.
“Every move they made, every smile or raised eyebrow, every relationship they formed or broke was seen as part of their defining function: just being royalty.”
However, the Queen could, on occasion, play pranks and throw jokes. New York Post reports.
In 2007, when President George W. Bush misspoke and mistakenly said Royal celebrated the founding of the United States in 1776. instead of 1976, she joked: “I thought if I should start this toast with the words:” When I was here in 1776 “”.
And, as in any family, there was drama. There have been difficult relationships with her younger sister Margaret, tensions between the Queen and Princess Diana, and rumors about the role she played in Harry and Meghan’s departure from the royal family.
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Below are four of the queen’s biggest royal disses.
Removed Harry and Meghan from her holiday broadcast
Remember when Harry and Meghan left the royal family in 2020? The book argues that Queen Elizabeth is partly to be thanked for this.
According to Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghanshe ordered an aide to take a portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their then eight-month-old son Archie off camera before recording her 2019 holiday broadcast.
The Queen looked at the selection of photographs and told the director that “everyone was fine except for one,” according to one of the book’s sources, referring specifically to the Sussex photo. She added, “I guess we don’t need it.”
The decision came after Meghan and Harry decided not to spend Christmas in the UK, but instead with Meghan’s mother.
Although their official renunciation announcement was made after this broadcast, the couple told Oprah in their interview in March 2021 that they left mainly due to a lack of support from the royal family.
Made Princess Diana wait 30 minutes to meet
Despite what initially seemed like a good rapport between the two, Elizabeth quickly changed her mind and began to feel that Diana was too complicated to handle.
Diana told biographer Andrew Morton that at one point, “She pointed out to me that the reason why [my] the marriage failed because Prince Charles was having such a hard time due to my bulimia”, not taking into account Charles’ affair with Camilla.
Biographer Ingrid Seward wrote in her book: Queen and Deeabout another incident between them when Diana went to visit Elizabeth and was told to wait.
According to Seward, the footman told the queen, “The princess cried three times in the half hour while she was waiting for you.”
The queen replied: “I spent an hour with her – and she cried non-stop.”
This was meant to stab Diana for not being correct enough and keeping her emotions up her sleeve instead of hiding them.
sabotaged my sister’s happiness
Tina Brown wrote in her book: Palace documentsthat Elizabeth’s younger sister Margaret wanted to marry a much older and divorced man, Peter Townsend, an Air Force officer.
Many in the government, including her sister, not only thought he would be an unsuitable husband for her, but the Anglican Church flatly refused to marry her to a divorced man.
Elizabeth forced the couple to extend their engagement until Margaret was 25, and as more negative information about the couple circulated in the press, they eventually ended the relationship.
Margaret later married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, whom she divorced despite Elizabeth’s stigma against it.
Got sassy with world leaders
Elizabeth was known for her wit and made no exception for world leaders.
In 2016, she met with Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Ireland, and was asked if she was feeling well.
The queen replied, “Well, I’m still alive anyway.”
During a photo op during the 2021 G7 summit, she joked to Boris Johnson, “Are you supposed to look like you’re having fun?”
A member of the royal family stood between former prime minister and French President Emmanuel Macron. Johnson replied, “Yes, definitely we should have fun, despite appearances.”
This article originally appeared in New York Post and reproduced with permission