Said, “Don’t talk about family” –

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When President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden had the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in 2021, they were greeted with an unusual instruction: “Don’t talk about family.” After the death of the monarch, Jill Biden spoke with Today about her impression of the Queen after their meeting, and included this detail, which may indicate how the Firm sought to protect the Queen from sensitive topics amid the controversy between the grandchildren of Prince Harry and Prince William that dominated the headlines in her later years.

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In her interview, the first lady shared: “What I liked about her was that she was really independent. We went up to her living room and were told, “Don’t talk about family.”

But, as Jill fondly recalls, the queen had her own ideas about how to conduct a conversation.

“So we’re up and the first thing she starts with is family,” Jill continued. “Prince Philip recently died… I think she just wanted to talk about her husband.”

Jill also recalled how the Queen insisted on serving her and Biden tea, sharing: “She poured the tea and Joe and I said, ‘Oh, let us help you.’ “No”, you know. “You sit here, and I will bring tea.”

In addition to independence, Jill remembered her curiosity: “She wanted to know everything about American politics, about what was happening. So she put us at ease.

President and First Lady Biden will travel to England for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday. In a joint statement on her passing, the Bidens wrote: “In a world of constant change, she has been a constant presence and a source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons, including many who never knew their country without her. Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unsurpassed dignity and constancy, who cemented a strong alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special.”

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Queen Elizabeth II has been a global icon for 70 years. Having ascended the throne at the age of 25, the long-reigning empress approached her historical role with poise and calm confidence. But behind the façade of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth was the head of the family and household in good times and bad. Robert Hardman’s new biography, The Queen of Our Time takes longtime royal fans behind the veil with unprecedented access to royal records, friends, staff and more as the legendary leader and the House of Windsor celebrate their landmark reign. This will no doubt be known as the definitive book about Queen Elizabeth II.

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