Monday, 10 May 2021

‘Britain stands with our Queen’: Monarch defended after Meghan and Harry interview chaos

Boris Johnson says he has 'highest admiration' for Queen

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Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns took to Twitter to defend the monarch, 94, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tell-all interview aired in the US. The Tory MP shared a picture of the Queen released to mark Commonwealth Day, as she praised the head of state’s “long life of service and duty”.

Ms Jenkyns also highlighted how the 94-year-old has continued with royal duties despite her husband Prince Philip, 99, undergoing heart surgery in hospital.

She tweeted: “Today’s Commonwealth Day gives us all another reminder of Her Majesty’s long life of service and duty, continuing to work for us all despite her husband being in hospital.

“Britain stands with our Queen. #GodSavetheQueen #LongLiveOurRoyalFamily.”

Many of Ms Jenkyn’s followers were quick to agree with her show of support for Her Majesty.

One Twitter user said: “I stand with our Queen, A Lovely woman who has served us and is still serving us at the age of 94. She is an amazing lady”

Another commented: “Amen to that #GodSavetheQueen.”

A third wrote: “God save our Queen.”

Another agreed: “Well said Andrea. #GodSavetheQueen.”

One more Twitter user replied with the lyrics to the national anthem.

Ms Jenkyns’s tweet comes after the Sussexes’ explosive interview with Winfrey aired in the US on Sunday. And it will be broadcast tonight on ITV for UK viewers.

Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, made a series of astonishing claims – including that a member of the Royal Family made a racist comment about how dark their baby’s skin would be.

But a YouGov poll suggests 47 percent of Britons think the interview was inappropriate. Just 21 percent believe it was appropriate and 31 percent did not know.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson today insisted he had the “highest admiration” for the Queen when grilled on the couple’s interview.

At a Downing Street press conference, he said: “I have always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role that she plays in our country and across the Commonwealth.”

“As for all other matters to do with the Royal Family, I have spent a long time now not commenting on Royal Family matters and I don’t intend to depart from that today”.

Pressed on whether he believed the Royal Family was racist, Mr Johnson again refused to comment.

He said: “I really think that when it comes to matters to do with the Royal Family, the right thing for prime ministers to say is nothing – and nothing is the thing that I propose to say today about that particular matter.”

Meanwhile, Lord Goldsmith accused Harry of “blowing up his family”.

ITV News’s royal editor Chris Shop said the Sussexes “dropped bomb after heavy bomb on Buckingham Palace” in the interview.

But the Foreign Office minister insisted the revelations were aimed at Harry’s family rather than the palace, and appeared to blame Meghan.

He said: “Harry is blowing up his family. What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”

Meghan and Harry are living in California after quitting royal duties in March 2020.

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