Back in 1992, the Queen described her year as an “annus horribilis,” after the family endured multiple divorces. The most famous divorce was that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and to say things got messy would be an understatement.
Now, the Queen and the rest of the royal family are going through another dramatic period. From the Prince Andrew sex scandal, to the stepping down of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse.
However, a number of divorces within the family have recently been announced, making one wonder, what next?
The Queen is reportedly uncomfortable with the idea of divorce, which isn’t surprising when you look at the generation she came from.
Looking back through history, some of the most famous dramas within the royal family have involved divorce.
Edward VIII abdicated the throne for American divorcee Wallis Simpson, Prince Charles and Princess Diana caused huge scandals in the press with their divorce and countless affairs, and who could forget Fergie and Prince Andrew’s divorce after photos emerged of her on a beach having her toes sucked.
Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, spoke to Okay! Magazine about the Queen’s feelings on divorce.
She claimed the Queen is “uncomfortable” with couples ending their marriages, and feels it’s “too easy to get divorced.”
Her comments come after another difficult week for the royals, with two divorces recently being announced.
David Linley, the Earl of Snowdon, and his wife Serena just announced their split yesterday, and the Queen’s grandson Peter announced he would be divorcing wife Autumn Phillips last week.
While we’re now in a new generation and divorce is more common and accepted than it used to be, it’s not surprising that the Queen feels it’s something of a failure when couples within her family split up.
Seward told Okay! that the Queen is relying heavily on Prince William and Kate Middleton now.
She claimed if it wasn’t for them the Queen would probably be thinking, “Goodness, after over 70 years on the throne, it’s come to nothing.”
She continued, “She used to say ‘Just wait two years and see if you can make it work’. She will have urged Peter and Autumn to try again.”
Unfortunately, for Queen Elizabeth, three out of four of her children are divorced, something that must still be a thorn in her side.
It’s been a bumpy year for the royal family, but Queen Elizabeth remains as stoic, and strong as ever, stiff upper lip still in place (no matter how much Meghan Markle detests this.)
It appears the future of the monarchy is sitting squarely on the shoulders of William and Kate, so here’s hoping they stick together and help carry the traditions of the royal family.
Despite all the pressure this must put on them, they seem to be taking it in stride, especially Kate, who has been looking more confident than ever on a number of engagements.