Queen Elizabeth returned to royal duties on Tuesday, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in an event to mark the retirement of her household’s most senior official, PA Media reported.
The queen hosted a ceremony as the Earl Peel stepped down as Lord Chamberlain, the report added.
Philip, who had been at the queen’s side throughout her 69-year reign, died at Windsor Castle on Friday, aged 99. His funeral will be held on Saturday.
In recent years, the queen has reduced her official engagements and passed many royal duties and patronages to Prince Charles, his son William and other senior royals. But she still carries out the most symbolic royal duties, such as the opening of parliament.
The queen’s son Prince Andres, said on Saturday that the queen was stoic in the face of a loss she had described as “having left a huge void in her life”.
Despite the hole in her life left by Philip’s death, aides and royal experts have long said it would not lead to the queen, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch, relinquishing the throne in favour of her son and heir Prince Charles.
Harry and Meghan sat down with the “US Queen of Talk Shows”, Oprah Winfrey, for an interview in which they discussed their decision to step down as senior royals, and also accused an unnamed family member of asking what the colour of their then-unborn son Archie’s skin would be because Meghan is bi-racial.
And now, the 94-year-old monarch has released a statement addressing the claims made in the interview that was aired on Sunday 7 March on CBS, saying she is “saddened” to learn how “challenging” life has been for Harry and Meghan, as well as saying the “issues raised” are “concerning”.
The statement, released by Buckingham Palace, read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
ARCHIE’S SKIN TONE
The Queen’s statement comes after Oprah revealed after the interview was aired that it was not the monarch herself, nor her husband Prince Philip, who had made the comments about Archie’s skin tone.
Oprah explained: “[Harry] did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure that I knew – and if I had the opportunity to share it – that it was not his grandmother, nor his grandfather that were part of those conversations.”
The 67-year-old TV star confirmed that Prince Harry, 36, also remained tight-lipped about the unnamed royal’s identity off camera.
She added: “He did not tell me who were part of those conversations. As you can see, I tried to get that answer on camera and off.”
Meghan, 39, claimed in the interview that there had been several “concerns and conversations” raised by an unnamed member of the royal family about her son’s skin tone before his birth.
She explained: “That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him.”
However, Meghan – who is currently expecting a second child, a baby girl, with Harry – insisted she wouldn’t reveal the identity of the individual.
She said: “That would be very damaging to them.”
Prince Harry then admitted to being “shocked” by the conversations, but again insisted he didn’t wish to name anybody.
He said: “That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time, it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
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