DM: The Windsors are ‘in lockdown’ separately, they won’t see each other for a while


Becky English at the Daily Mail has an exclusive story about “the royals in lockdown” because of self-isolation and quarantines, etc. I was saying for more than a week that the Queen was putting people in danger by refusing to move to Windsor Castle or Sandringham during the crisis, and finally, that message got through to her – she decamped to Windsor last Thursday, after she did meetings and public events long past the time where she should have been isolating. Prince Charles and Camilla are also isolating and Camilla misses her kids and grandkids. Speaking of grandkids, poor Carole Middleton is isolating too, and NOT at Anmer Hall. You can read English’s story here. Some highlights:

The Queen is not pleased: The prospect of months on end without any contact with her nearest and dearest — aside from her beloved Prince Philip, 98 — is not something Her Majesty relishes. Currently, the Mail understands, the Queen is in ‘virtual’ self-isolation with a skeleton staff of just eight. A source has told me this drastic action was taken last week when the Government made clear the extent of the crisis, with about 100 staff told to go home to protect both the head of state and themselves. Not even close family members can see her, it is understood. Even the Duke of York, who lives a stone’s throw away on the Windsor estate, and Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, who live in nearby Bagshot, haven’t seen her for days. Indeed, Edward and his daughter, Lady Louise, were riding in Windsor Great Park at the weekend but did not set foot in the Queen’s apartments.

No chances with the Queen’s safety: ‘Obviously, the fewer people are in contact with each other, the better,’ said the insider. ‘No chances can be taken with the Queen’s safety in view of her and the Duke’s ages. But it’s also for the benefit of everyone who works at the Castle. Every firm has been told to send as many of their staff home as possible, and the Royal Family is no different. The Queen is being looked after by her closest servants, while a couple of grooms and stable lads are looking after the horses. Like everywhere else, normal life is being put on hold.’

Charles & Camilla moved to Birkhall in Scotland: His London residence, Clarence House, has been closed down for at least three months. The couple are adamantly not self-isolating (anyone over 70 is only being advised to stay at home), but they are taking the Government’s advice seriously. That means minimal face-to-face contact — just a skeleton staff and their police protection officers — and a strict two-metre rule. The couple would be the first to concede that they are clearly in a far better position than most. But even royals must make sacrifices in these difficult times. For Camilla, it is not seeing her children and grandchildren that hurts the most.

Charles is keeping busy: Not surprisingly, given Charles’s legendary work ethic, he has a full diary to keep him busy, despite the enforced seclusion. The Prince’s staff have a ‘virtual office’ and now spend most mornings on conference calls about how ‘The Boss’ can use his position to help those most in need. He is, I am told, in daily contact with his patronages and charitable associations to ensure they are managing and is writing to all 400 of them to offer assistance. Camilla has also been in contact with her charities and patronages, taking a particular interest in the issue of domestic violence. Organisations working in the field have reported a spike in cases of abuse, unsurprising given the enforced proximity in which many are currently living.

But what about William & Kate: As for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — the first members of the Royal Family, in view of their age, to visit frontline healthcare professionals — they have also relocated out of London, to Anmer Hall, their ­Norfolk home, where there is space for Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, almost two, to run around. But the children will clearly miss the presence of their hands-on maternal grandparents, Carole and Michael Middleton. Quite what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex feel about being away from the Royal Family at such a difficult time is anyone’s guess.

People wish Harry & Meghan were around too: There have been reports Harry is ‘concerned’ about the Queen and his father catching coronavirus. But so far the couple have limited themselves to an ‘inspirational’ quote on their Instagram account and the claim that they will share ‘accurate information and facts from trusted experts’ — whatever that means. Their presence is, however, very much missed, according to one insider: ‘It’s a real shame that they aren’t here.’

[From The Daily Mail]

“…The first members of the Royal Family, in view of their age, to visit frontline healthcare professionals…” English says that like it’s a good thing? William and Kate were completely irresponsible for doing a photo-op with health care workers during a global pandemic. Anyway, it feels like English was sent out to push back a little bit on Kensington Palace’s opportunistic “Statesman Willy” PR. The message being sent by the Queen and Charles is that their work continues and they’re fine and taking precautions and William’s idea of a coronavirus regency is horsesh-t. But hey, at least William and Kate have finally gone to Anmer Hall. Thank God William has some rose bushes in Norfolk in this time of crisis. And he doesn’t have Harry and Meghan to throw under the bus at the same time either.

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    If nobody can see each other, why is it “a shame” Meghan and Harry aren’t there? That bus tossing doesn’t even make sense.

    I’m starting to think the press simply wishes H&M were there so they would get sick and die… or get someone else sick so they could blame them forever.

    • Toot says:

      Exactly. None of the others are seeing each other, so how would the Sussexes being in England change that.

      RE just said that foolishness to rile up the usual fools.

      • Olenna says:

        Ditto. It’s the SOS, and why anyone believes that Ole Queenie and PP were missing each other is bizarre. He’s been more or less a prop for her public engagements for years, and doing his own thing with his mistress on his own time.

    • Tessa says:

      Please sequester William and Kate also. He needs not to be seen or heard.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I have no doubt the Cambridge kids will miss the Middletons if the Middletons are not already in Norfolk.

      Did not Mike & Carol buy a house (cottage???) in Norfolk to be close to Cathy?

    • Original Jenns says:

      Exactly. ‘It’s a real shame that they aren’t here.’ so we can not see them due to self-isolating? And obviously, the only way they communicate is by Instagram, so that one message means there have been none with anyone else. #eyesrollingoutofmyhead

  2. BUBS says:

    Look at the jab at H and M’s IG post! These people are so salty…salty that Harry and Meghan still command so much attention and refuse to just disappear! The queen is in lockdown yet they want Harry to leave his wife and child and fly to the UK to perform some sort of miracle, instead of continuing to do what every health expert says is required to flatten the curve of this pandemic – social distancing and self isolation! I’m just glad Harry is not giving in to the bullying tactics. They need to remain in Canada and keep doing what they can on social media. A 30-year-old well known broadcaster just died of Coronavirus in Zimbabwe and a teenager is on ventilators fighting for his/her life (I’m not sure if the individual is male or female). In other words, no one is too young to die. Stay put Harry…stay put in Canada!

  3. ABritGuest says:

    Press want the Sussexes there for new content. Guessing despite their stories claiming ‘Meghan friends’ as a source, away from leaky relatives/staff- the press have no in with the Sussexes but they gotta get their clicks.

    The Sun even has a story claiming Harry had a special goodbye to Chelsy before moving to Canada, after Meghan left. Seems repeat of the pre wedding tearful phone call. Yawn.

    • Marie says:

      I saw that story as well. That story came from a magazine that had William overtaking the throne and bypassing Charles and Brad and Jen have twins via surrogate. The Sun now has this story. Anything to put Harry in his place. They really want Chelsy to be the new Camilla.

  4. YT says:

    William, Kate, and the children in isolation at Anmer Hall sounds dreadful. Too much long-term togetherness! Hope the weather is good so they can get out of the house and enjoy the grounds.

  5. Becks1 says:

    LOL, English is so salty towards the Sussexes, she just cant help herself sometimes. The obsession on the Sussexes is so weird.

    Charles definitely wants it out there that he’s still busy, and I’m sure he is.

  6. mika says:

    “But so far the couple have limited themselves to an ‘inspirational’ quote on their Instagram account and the claim that they will share ‘accurate information and facts from trusted experts’ — whatever that means.”

    Waiter? Take this dish back to the kitchen, it’s much too salty.

  7. Lua says:

    DM: The Windsors are ‘in lockdown’ separately, they won’t see each other for a while….or put more bluntly, “For the Windsors, it’s business as usual during these trying times”

  8. Abena Asantewaa says:

    If no one is seeing each other, why is it sad that Harry is not able to see his grandparents. They did not leave England because of Conoravirus, so Rebecca English as usual is spewing nonsense. No royal would be able to carry out royal duties for sometime. The Media won’t have their stories to embiggen The Cambridges, when the deadllne comes for the word ‘Royal’ to be removed from Sussex, it will happen in the shadow of the dreaded; covid-19, without fanfair few would notice. I am glad they had a grand and stylish goodbye much to the displeasure of some royals and the Royal Reporters, before the the shutdown, that , my friend is; poetic justice!

  9. AA says:

    A “skeleton staff of 8.” LOL.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Never got this “No Staff” shit. If the immediate staff have tested negative for the virus they are fine to be around Liz & Phil as long as they do not interact with anybody except the other staff that have tested negative.

    • Chaine says:

      Such an inspiration to their subjects, they are making do without! It’s a supreme sacrifice for two people to sit on their booties and do nothing with only eight servants to help them.

  10. WaterIsLife says:

    “Thank God William has some rose bushes in Norfolk.” Heh.

  11. Abena Asantewaa says:

    Maybe, Harry has the cure for Covid-19, that is why he is needed in England by the press.

  12. Chaine says:

    Camilla: upset she can’t see her kids and grandkids. Charles: not upset he can’t see HIS kids and grandkids cuz he never sees them anyway.

  13. Chrissy says:

    Surely these people have phones or Skype at their disposal? If Harry wants to be in contact with any of them, surely he has the technology. Of course, Rebecca English won’t be one of those people which why she’s so salty. Pathetic!

  14. Amy Too says:

    I find it kind of funny that all of the couples in these sad marriages are now forced to be together and only with each other for so long. The queen and Philip? Ha. Why couldn’t Philip stay where he was with the lady he likes who takes care of him? Why couldn’t the queen self isolate with the duke of York? They spend way more time together usually that her and Philip. Why couldn’t Camilla self isolate at her own house? Doesn’t she usually lives separately from Charles? Same with Will and Kate. They’re stuck together at amner when I’m pretty sure they live separately. Let Carole Middleton move in with Kate and the kids, she probably sees them way more often than will anyways and probably spends more time at amner than he does.

    So now we have all these royals stuck with the spouse that they’re indifferent to or actively dislike and away from the people they actually want to be with and spend a lot of time with normally. But I guess it would look bad to have the stories be “queen chooses pedo son Andy to self isolate with while Philip stays with mistress,” “Carole Middleton leaves her husband to move in with Kate and kids while Will stays in his bachelor pad in London,” “Camilla and Charles self isolate separately at their own various country houses.” I’m just finding the forced “happy couples, happy families” narrative that has to be lived out against everyone’s will a little bit hilarious and karma-like. Harry and Meghan are really the only happily married couple who WANT to be self isolated together.

  15. Izzy says:

    Queenie doesn’t relish it? Join the f***ing club. I’m reading about people whose loved ones died of COVID-19… all alone in seclusion, with no loved ones by their side. Cry me a river, you inbred racist piece of trash. I just can’t with this bunch anymore. I am unable to can.

  16. Lowrider says:

    Becky English is bitter….LMAO!

  17. KellyRyan says:

    Please, please, please make it permanent with PA in Switzerland 🙂

  18. yinyang says:

    Everyone’s grandparents are going through the same thing not just the queen.

  19. kyliegirl says:

    Also too funny that the article mentions how the Queen and Charles are working. Especially how Charles is working hard to check in with his charities, writing letters, etc and William is just at Anmer Hall with the kiddos. Not very Statesmanlike. She is very salty that she has no info on the Sussexes other than what we all know. Ha! You get what you give.

    • Original Jenns says:

      Loved that bit about Charles personally writing to all 400 of his patronages and video conferencing with them about future plans and what he can do. William is… Norfolk.

      • Cath says:

        That’s actually true as well, that Charles has reached out to his charities and patronages. I work for one and all of us today were sent a copy of a thank you letter from him (top and tailed so not just typed up). It may not be much, but tbh it’s not like he can visit what we’re doing right now anyway. I’m not a royalist but it was a nice moment during the day.

      • SomeChick says:

        I hope he remembered to use BCC!
        That would be an epic reply-allpocalypse.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Cath: I’m not familiar with that expression, ‘top and tailed’–what does that mean?

      • Feeshalori says:

        I’m just making an educated guess, but it sounds like it means the salutation and closing were handwritten while the body of the letter was typed.

      • Cath says:

        Totally right @Feeshalori – the main body of the message is typed, and the opening and closing are handwritten. Very helpful usually – a whole letter the cursive some folks use would be practically unreadable!

    • Nic919 says:

      Becky English can’t even make up lies about William working because that’s how little he does.

  20. Awkward symphony says:

    & yet they whine about how the Sussexs are not by the Queen’s side!!🙄

  21. Nic919 says:

    Ignorant British Royal reporters need to stop pretending that Canada is some backwater with no health care. Canada has taken covid far more seriously and far sooner than the UK ever did. The British are just now starting to self isolate. No Canadian politician would have been stupid enough to do the photo op that bill and Cathy did last week because we were practicing social distancing during that time already.

    Harry and Meghan are much better off where they are.

  22. Jane Doe says:

    I’m sorry but I read “the Queen is in ‘virtual’ self-isolation with a skeleton” and skipped over the “staff of just eight”. Had a visual of her having a cup with undead Phillip at her side 😂.

  23. Marivic says:

    @Abena Asentawaa. I agree with you that the Sussexes had a fantastic “ grand and stylish goodbye, much to the displeasure of some royals and the Royal Reporters, before the the shutdown.” No matter how much the media emphasizes that the word “Royal” has been removed from the patronages of the Sussexes ahead of their exit on March 31, the news is muted by the pandemic Coronavirus that afflicts almost all people on a global scale. Not much fanfare can be culled from the “exit” anymore. It is drowned before it could be completed. And rightly so.

    Another thing , why is the British media so spiteful and cruel? Why do they insist on Chelsy Davy as still an important part of PHarry’s life ? There is an underlying suggestion there and it is sort of malicious. What was between them was good while it lasted I believe. But, as much as the BM would want, there is not going to be a reconciliation. They should stop making her and PHarry happen . What God has put together let no man put asunder.

  24. Deeanna says:

    Reading about the generosity of the pop star Rhianna at this time of crisis makes me wonder why these super rich royals don’t donate anything. Isn’t the queen one of the richest women in the world?

    They apparently think their mere presence at a luncheon and a note of thanks is enough?

    I’ve read numerous books about various generations of the royal family, yet never hear a word mentioned about anyone’s generosity to any charity. Not even upon their death.