In the next week, we’ll see more of Queen Camilla, Sophie & Anne, but not Edward

With King Charles, Prince William and the Princess of Wales all out of royal commission for one to five months, it was looking like Queen Camilla was being left in charge for a lengthy period of time. I still believe that Camilla is going to enjoy her little solo daily events for the next month, but the royal press isn’t looking forward to it. Which is why they’re desperate to convince themselves that everyone has been dying to see what Princess Anne and the Duchess of Edinburgh are up to. Anne and Sophie will also be out and about in the next month – although Sophie only seems to have one event on her calendar – but don’t expect to see much of Prince Edward. He’s either on strike or he just needed a break after jetting around the world with zero attention.

With the King temporarily out of action and the Princess of Wales laid up recovering from surgery, there was only one thing for it. The women of Windsor, as ever, have stepped up to the plate. The Queen, Princess Royal and Duchess of Edinburgh are to hold the fort for the coming week as the only senior members of the Royal family on public engagements.

The Queen will be out and about every day on visits, the details of which will be kept under wraps until her arrival for security reasons. Princess Anne, whose reputation as the hardest-working member of the Royal family precedes her, is doing two or three engagements on most days, travelling from London to Moray in Scotland, to Cardiff in Wales and then Wiltshire, Nottingham and back again. Close to her home in Windsor, the Duchess of Edinburgh will do one engagement in Surrey.

The unexpected royal matriarchy will end only on Feb 7, according to plans, when the 79-year-old Duke of Gloucester enters the fray, followed by the Duke of Edinburgh on the 8th. Prince Edward is taking a short break from public duties after his trips overseas in January to South Africa and St Helena.

The Princess of Wales was also discharged on Monday and is now at home in Windsor and reunited with her three children. She is not expected in public until Easter, with a long period of recuperation from abdominal surgery. She will be able to complete some of her work at home, closely following her Early Years project, but will not be making any in-person visits until at least April in a major change to the Royal calendar. The Prince of Wales is due to return to his own public engagements after taking time off to be by his wife’s bedside, but only once when she is settled at home.

The Duke of Sussex and Duke of York, who years ago would also have been undertaking royal duties and would have stepped in to fill the gaps left by the King and Princess, are no longer working members of the family.

[From The Telegraph]

Gee, is the Telegraph going to mention why Harry and Andrew are no longer working royals? So eager to lump them together, never eager to explain why! Andrew isn’t a working royal because he raped teenagers who were trafficked to him by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Harry, on the other hand, married a Black woman who was good at her royal job, and four years later, none of these people have ever recovered from it. As for Edward… it’s not a permanent hiatus, and most of these royals believe that they need a month’s rest after a few days abroad. Anyway, Anne sounds busy. Sophie does not. Camilla isn’t busy either – she’s doing busywork stuff like “visiting a dollhouse” and “dropping off her son’s watch at a repair shop.”

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  1. equality says:

    These schedules sound like their normal schedules even with W&K and KC “working”. Doesn’t look like there is “slack” to pick up. And give me a break with “major change to the Royal calendar” for Kate. This is no major change in her schedule either.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      I wonder if this is the media’s way of saying they all need to work more because the papers need the money. It seems like a pointed message to keep talking about how little they all work and how several of them will now vanish for several months.

      Or maybe it’s just a message to Pegs that he and his family are gonna need to play ball better. The papers need clicks and revenue. The rota rats are losing their homes and going bankrupt. They are getting desperate and the royals need to hold up their side of the invisible contract.

    • BeanieBean says:

      It really seems no different from any other year. And I’m wondering why Edward felt he needed to announce his short break? Would any of us have known otherwise? And shouldn’t Sophie take a break with him, seeing as how they have kids together (I know, the oldest is off at college, but still)?

  2. Snaggletooth says:

    What happened to Eddie?? No seriously. What’s happening here? The Mail ran a headline so sinister this morning it gives me chills and now this???

    • SussexWatcher says:

      Yeah he looks legitimately ill or else maybe has been depressed with the loss of his mother? But yeah he’s looked very unwell for a while now.

    • Cessily says:

      His suits hang on him, I have noticed that. He also has lost so much weight around his face he looks elvish. (Not being mean, just an observation from a paranormal/otherworld genre enthusiast)

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      He looks like someone who had a really bad case of Covid, tbh. He was hidden for a bit, but no one noticed b/c no one ever notices him even when he’s out. The weight loss, gaunt face, the always looking tired, it’s a hallmark of people who have come down with bad acute cases. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he bows out of duties w/in the next couple of years due to Long Covid, but never saying that that’s what it is.

      You know what I wonder about? I wonder about Camilla. Does she have great-grandma Alice Keppel’s diary stashed somewhere? Does it have an entry where she urges her descendants to avenge her on the House of Windsor? If so, Mission Accomplished, score one for Team Sidechick I guess, because she’s managed to drive off the entire senior line to sit in the throne room herself. How she must be preening. I hope Diana, Philip and Her Late Maj haunt her on the daily.

      • Tessa says:

        Queen Alexandra allowed Alice keppel to visit her husband Edward 7 on his death bed. He had many mistresses but alice was involved with him later in his life. Once Edward died she instructed courtiers to get alice out of the royal residence. I wonder how Alexandra would think about Camilla. I would think she would be horrified.

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        @Tessa If we ever see articles from the tabs about Queen Alexandra haunting Sidepiece in the Royal Residences, that’s when we’ll know she’s on borrowed time. :snerk:

        Honestly I’d love someone to write a West End play about this.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Snaggletooth- what sinister headline?

    • MsDoe says:

      Prince Edward has been looking ill for almost 2 years now — forget exactly when it started, but all of a sudden, he looks like he aged 15 years, lost a lot of weight. I have been wondering about Covid. And wondering whether he has come down with something picked up during his recent travels.

  3. Becks1 says:

    If Camilla makes a public appearance every day that will be surprising. I forget what her numbers were for last year, but aren’t they usually in the high 100s/low to mid 200s? She’s no Princess Anne by any means so it will be interesting to see what she does over the next month.

    Twitter last night made it seem like Edward was taking an extended break, but he’s only taking about a week off, which I mean, for the Waleses would be par for the course after a big tour.

    Sophie has one event scheduled? my my my. What a busy bee.

    and back to the same language about William returning to public duties when Kate is “settled.” That makes me wonder if he’s waiting to see how long the press will let him get away with avoiding work.

    • Thelma says:

      I think the language around William’s return has improved as they FINALLY read the room. Instead of saying outright that he would be off for 3-4 months, they’re saying until Kate is settled at home, which by normal definition should be shorter. But who knows with these folks.🙃

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        Betcha the tabs have been ordered to give him space… that won’t last long, the rota is rabid and desperate to publish what they know about Workshy Wanderdick – they’ll be back on their bs soon, threatening to publish what they know if he doesn’t get off his wandering sceptre and start doing his public duties again.

    • Tessa says:

      Does bringing her son’s watch to the jeweler count as work

    • Nic919 says:

      Also Palmolive was making sure to confirm that Edward has private engagements before next week, just not public ones.

      Edward has always put in solid numbers, not as much as Anne but at least double William, so this is a bit of a non story with him.

      It’s distraction from the obvious…why is William taking all this time off and for what reason.

  4. SussexWatcher says:

    How’s that slimmed down monarchy workin’ for ya’ now? People dropping like flies and yet Chuckles is still getting his billion pound raises every year.

    Bahahahaha. I hope the British people funding this family and the rota rats are happy with the absent Wailses and the geriatric leftovers. Good luck getting those clicks.

    Also: “(Edward) needed a break after jetting around the world with zero attention.” 🤭🤣

  5. SueBarbri33 says:

    What’s odd about all of this is, that these people (with the exception of Charles) disappear for weeks at a time in a normal year and nobody bats an eyelash. Like, in what world would anyone care about Edward or notice that he is gone? Wasn’t he just in St. Helena or some place like that? I mean, I suppose that’s interesting. Why doesn’t he buy new clothes or find a new tailor?

    • Chaine says:

      I actually enjoyed photos of him meeting a very old giant tortoise on the island.

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      This is why his statement really surprised me. He just got back from a bunch of things – no need to say he’s going on a break, is there? And I didn’t see an end date on the break statement but maybe I missed it.

      I personally found it rather odd and a bit ominous – how many senior royals can go on a “break” while they are costing 430 million a year? Betty would never have allowed this because it definitely calls into question the purpose of their existence.

      • Teagirl says:

        Maybe he read the room and thought he’d better say he was on a break because he needed one (I think he’s ill) before the newspapers start jumping up and down saying why isn’t Edward helping out.

  6. Tina says:

    When I saw the announcement I assumed Edward would be off for awhile but its only 10ish days? Why even announce that? No one would notice if he wasn’t seen for 10 days it happens all the time. And the BM doesn’t even really cover him anyway. These people are so weird.

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      I just commented this above, hasn’t scrolled down yet to see your comment. But exactly. Why even issue a statement if only 10 days, and I got the sense it would be longer from the statement I saw, although maybe the end date was left off? Who knows,

  7. Jan says:

    Edward is taking a break, health wise he looked ill for months.
    Anne just does a lot of 30 minutes appearances.
    Someone did a chart of the working Windsors, ages between 41 and 89.

  8. Mslove says:

    Peg will be back to work once Keen is settled? I guess we’ll be seeing him today or tomorrow? He needs to practice his “devoted husband” shtick before he emerges.

    • Tessa says:

      William is waiting on Kate hand and foot and doing school runs he is playing a mr mom character who works and sneaks in watching soap operas like the character michael Keat on played.

  9. BQM says:

    Anne has 50 events scheduled between 2/1 and 3/15. She’s pretty much the only one out there the next few weeks. William really should be embarrassed at getting so outworked by a 73 year old.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      50 events, but someone above wrote that hers last about 30 minutes. So she’ll be working about 25 hours…over 6 weeks. Wow, what value for money.

      The entire system is an absolute joke and I wish the British people would wake up and stop paying for the longest of long cons.

      • BQM says:

        That’s not actually true. It may be on occasion but it’s not the majority. Plus she’s traveling around the uk (she goes beyond 12 miles from her home) and some of the events are dinners, receptions etc. They aren’t structured to be quick meet and greets. People may or may not respect Anne and/or the work but we should be accurate about it.

      • Unblinkered says:

        I’d add, from a friend who works for Save the Children in one of their shops, that while her visits aren’t as much as an hour long (or longer like Charles’s are) she genuinely does enthuse everyone she meets & makes sure she speaks to everyone and is hugely respected by all the staff. They do feel she makes a difference.
        She’s done her advance homework and is always fully prepped.
        Got to add that Charles is believed to work at least a 60 hour week, some things may not be so tangible but truly don’t doubt the man’s commitment. He works hard.
        The others by contrast with Charles & Anne, not so much.

      • BQM says:

        @unblinkered at least 2 of those upcoming events are to the Save the Children shop.

      • Becks1 says:

        I’ve heard both stories about Anne in equal measure – that her visits are short, 30 minute drive bys, and that her visits are longer and more in depth, especially evening events.

        So my guess is that its about 50/50 in terms of whether her visits are brief or more significant. She’s not doing 5 events in a day like she does some days with spending hours at each stop. But it makes sense that an evening event with nothing afterwards would be a longer engagement.

      • Unblinkered says:

        Well, all said, this is the moment for the UK media to at least acknowledge – and salute – what Charles and Anne do v. the others…….

      • Margaret says:

        Some of Anne’s actual visits may only be a half hour to an hour, but I am sure that she spends a lot of time reading briefing papers and getting up to speed with the event and the people she will meet and what they do. She also has to get ready for the event and travel there, and some of the travel is quite a long distance.

        I regard Anne as a hard worker. Nowhere near as much as Charles, but he, of all the members of his family, has an actual constitutional role so it is only right that he has practised working hard all his life. It’s a shame his elder son doesn’t have the same ethos.

  10. Amy Bee says:

    The British can’t help but mention Harry in every piece they write.

  11. Tessa says:

    I can never see.camilla As the queen. I always think of queen as Elizabeth 2 the late monarch.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      She’s forever the sidepiece in my mind. Why does anyone need a Queen Camilla? Diana already gave us a Queen of Hearts.

    • SarahCS says:

      Yes, the queen will be Elizabeth in my mind for a long time to come.

      My French uncle is a big monarchist (as in, believes France should have a king again) so I went into Fortnum and Mason at St Pancras on my way to France last week and got him a C3 coronation mug. It made him very happy but burned my soul a little. At least it was a lovely mug and no picture of Chuck or anything.

  12. Bklne says:

    Dear Anne, Sophie and Camilla,

    Could one of you please pass along the message that the FBI still need to speak with Andrew?

    Literally Everyone

    P.S. Who is Edward?

    Sorry, not “who” – “how”. How is Edward. Right. Definitely meant “how”, not “who.” Just a typo.

    • BQM says:

      This keeps being said but the fbi isn’t pursuing it anymore. Now the us district court of ny on the other hand is still vocal about wanting to have a sit down.

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        SDNY – Southern District of New York – that’s the federal prosecutors. Basically think of it as a regional wing of the DOJ, they try cases in the Federal district court.

        FBI is basically the cops to the DOJ. So if SDNY has already started forming a case against Uncle Pedo, that means the FBI has handed off the results of their investigation already.

      • BQM says:

        SDNY isn’t forming a case. But they’d be glad to talk to him. And, yes, I’m sure the DOJ and fbi turned over whatever they have. He really dodged a bullet settling with Virginia before having to go under oath. But with her case settled, Ghislaine not saying anything and none of the other women bringing suit (and I think the statute of limitations is up for the incidents alleged by the one woman recently) there’s not much to be done. I don’t see him visiting anytime soon though.

      • Becks1 says:

        @BWM it really feels like you’re carrying a lot of water for the BRF today, lol.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        BQM, I think that any of the girls/women who have been deposed and didn’t want to sue PA would still be more than capable of testifying at a criminal trial. Just sayin’.

  13. sevenblue says:

    I wonder, if even they (Sophie, Ed, Anne) know what is happening with Kate.

  14. Just Jade says:

    They all should have been nice to Meghan not sold her the BM Rats. Meghan ancestors are working side by side with Karma to give her justice. They should apologize to find peace. Oh well!

    • Unblinkered says:

      Agree ‘they’ should apologise to H&M to find peace.
      A public apology, with a request that the media cease their daft campaign against H&M, an opportunity to reach out and completely re-set the narrative with a new, positive approach as we continue into 2024.

  15. QuiteContrary says:

    Long COVID seems like a good guess for what’s ailing Edward. He does not look well.

    Nothing will change in England because of the absence of these royals. No lives will be lost. The government will go on, unaffected. The monarchy is such a scam.

  16. Murphy says:

    Edward gets a pass b/c he just did a visit to South Africa that William should have done. Not that he would have garnered THAT much more attention but still, he is POW, he needs to be doing this stuff, not Uncle Eddy the year old Duke.

    • sevenblue says:

      Yeah, I don’t like Charles, but he was the one doing these visits while he was POW before they were sending Harry everywhere. Wills is literally no good for anything.

  17. Lau says:

    Even if she sounds busy Anne is not busy. We can’t say that their workday is tiring even for a person of her age.

  18. Dory says:

    The future King William will have no choice but to reverse the downsizing from Charles. It only highlights scraps (are left) when senior royals are away on leave or disgraced such as Andrew.
    The downsizing also highlights William’s laziness which is unlikely to change. I can see William bringing in Beatrice and Eugenie, and perhaps a few of his Spencer cousins for lower tier royal duties.

    • Tessa says:

      Unfortunately I think William will remain his spiteful self and want to remove Sussex titles. He will leave imo Andrew alone.

      • LynnInTX says:

        Willy can try to remove the Sussex titles, but if he does, he risks crashing the entire monarchy down on his head. IIRC, it’s up to the House of Lords to revoke titles like Duke, Earl, etc… And if they call one title into question, especially without a particularly egregious reason, then it calls ALL of them into question. Including the monarch’s.

  19. Mary Pester says:

    They are BORING, the whole family has become a very expensive joke, I mean I’ve heard of nepotism but now we are paying camillas son wages??? Ffs will my countrymen and women WAKE UP and get rid of these money hungry parasites.

  20. Dora says:

    I confess to only starting to follow the royals when Harry married his Nubian Princess ,but Edward looks bad, like a man in his late 60’s or early 70’s in declining health, considering what’s left of the royal family , Meghan and Harry drip charisma and charm. They make, the rest of them look old ,worn out, and stuck up like talking to mere mortals is beneath them.

    • Sam says:

      I don’t think Edward is seriously ill. He’s just not aging well, though perhaps he did pick up a bug from his travels and the death of his parents has been upsetting.
      IMO, Edward is starting to resemble the Duke of Kent.

  21. Celine says:

    It’s soo funny how Sophie is a nobody and no one knows her or cares about her! She travels around the world and works a lot, but no one cares about her work and her work doesn’t even have any impact. She was in that family for two decades, but the world doesn’t know that she is married to Elizabeth’s youngest son. Perhaps because (outside of the royalists) no one knows that Elizabeth has a fourth child lol. No wonder she’s jealous of Meghan! One of the most famous women in the world.

  22. L4Frimaire says:

    It’s a good time to take a nap.