Considering the apparent enmity between Prince Harry/Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family, I can only imagine that this announcement is a timing malfunction.
Others may take it as an indication that the split wasn’t as big as we were all led to believe.
Either way, it will take some of the heat off the Queen and anyone in line for the throne, who have been the focus of politically-charged criticism lately. So I think this line from the BBC may well be accurate:
The Queen and Royal Family are “delighted”, as the Sussexes say “Archie is going to be a big brother”.
See, it seems the Queen has a lot more influence on the way laws are enacted than we previously thought – especially if they affect her or the other Royals in any big way.
So, for example, she successfully lobbied the Heath government of the 1970s to exclude Heads of State from financial transparency laws.
Other alterations made to benefit the crown or her private interests, or to reflect her opinions, include:
In 1982, she withheld Queen’s Consent for debate on a plan to create a new commission to preserve ancient monuments and historic buildings in England, taking over from an existing royal commission. This meant Parliament was denied permission to discuss the plan.
The Queen ultimately consented to the bill six months later. However, the royal commission would survive for another 17 years. It was merged with English Heritage in 1999.
In 1968, she used the consent procedure to extract a commitment from Harold Wilson’s government that a new law – to apply the same road safety rules to all roads accessed by the public – would not apply to her private estates.
And in 1975 a Bill demanding that those intending to lease land for development would do so through local authorities – in an attempt to secure reasonable rates – was opposed because the Crown Estates believed there was a “financial advantage” to be made from direct dealing.
These are only instances that have become public because the relevant documents were not included – possibly by mistake – in an absolute exemption from release to the public.
This exemption lasts until at least five years after the death of the relevant member of the royal family.
So we don’t know how much influence the Queen has wielded – or continues to wield – and we won’t until five years after she passes away.
And now that Meghan has announced that she has a baby on the way, it seems unlikely many people will care about it for the foreseeable future, either.
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