The Queen has gone into 'survival mode' amid string of royal controversies

It’s been a whirlwind few months for the royal family, with controversies galore spilling out from inside the firm, of which the Queen has been at the helm for 66 years.

Prince Andrew’s friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein rocked the monarchy, with the 60-year-old being forced to step back from royal duties.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the headquarters of MI5 at Thames House on February 25, 2020 in London, England. MI5 is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen has gone into 'survival mode' after a string of controversies in the royal family. Photo: Getty Images

Then, at the end of January, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were quitting their roles, with their last official engagement now set for March 31.

Throughout everything, the Queen has remained defiant, however according to royal historian Robert Lacey she’s gone into survival mode.

“The Queen will be very disappointed,” Robert Lacey told People. “Her job is to survive”.

Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle attend the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018.
In January, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they were stepping away from from their roles in the royal family. Photo: Getty Images
 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Andrew was forced to step down over his friendship with convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein.

However, Robert said Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit won’t fluster the Queen too much, as she’s gone through this before with her sister, Princess Margaret, who struggled with living in the 93-year-old’s shadow.

“The younger-sibling syndrome is an enduring problem,” says Lacey. “The system has not found a way of giving them the recognition that they need.”

Katie Nicholl, told Vanity Fair a senior source had told her the Queen “generally doesn’t want to talk about it”.

“The queen has been keen to get this resolved because she sees it damaging to the monarchy and on a personal level I think this has been rather hurtful for her,” the source told Nicholl.

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