On December 25 every year, British people are eagerly awaiting a special Christmas program from Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Castle. This is always one of the most-watched programs on TV every Christmas.
The annual broadcasts are directed mainly at national issues as well as prominent royal family events of the year.
In the introduction of this year’s broadcast, the Queen will reflect on the ‘bumpy’ year endured by both the Royal Family and the nation in her Christmas broadcast tomorrow.
Addressing a turbulent 12 months in which Prince Andrew was forced to step down from public duties, she will say ‘small steps’ can overcome difficulties and division.
Her annual broadcast will be directed mainly at national issues in a year dominated by Brexit and a general election. But royal sources said it would also cover problems in her own family.
Prince Philip faced a police probe over a car crash, Prince Harry acknowledged tensions in his relationship with his elder brother William, and Harry’s wife Meghan admitted she was struggling with her new life as a royal.
But the biggest ‘bump’ faced by the Royal Family was the fallout from the Duke of York’s disastrous Newsnight interview about his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Each year, the Queen carefully arranges royal photos on her desk. However, they are not merely for decoration but also a tool to show her appreciation for special people. Thus, the British people could easily recognize the tremendous change within the royal family.
In 2018, the Queen still displays quite a lot of pictures of newlywed royal couples.
On the table are only images of Prince George VI, Prince Philip, Prince Charles’s wife and Prince William’s family – people of the orthodox inheritance. While last year, images of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex still appeared in the broadcast recording room.
Besides political issues, throughout 2019, the royal family went through a lot of events like Prince Philip had to go through a police investigation into a car accident, Prince Harry admitted. A tense relationship with her brother William, Meghan Markle is notorious for having to brace herself as a royal figure, …
However, the two scandals that cost the most in the year may not fail to mention the incident of Prince Andrew with Jeffrey Epstein pedophile billionaire and the “hypocritical” crisis of the couple Harry and Meghan. Therefore, it is not too difficult to understand when the most scandalous figures of the British royal family do not have pictures on her desk nor participate in the official Christmas ceremony on December 25.
As for Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son also faced calls to speak to the FBI about his relationship with Epstein, who was found dead in his prison cell in August awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.
Andrew was effectively sacked by his mother after his older brother Charles warned her that the scandal threatened to engulf the monarchy. He is expected to join the family at church tomorrow but may choose to sit with the Queen as she is driven to the service instead of joining the rest of the family as they walk and greet wellwishers.
For the first time Prince George and Princess Charlotte may accompany their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It is thought that at six and four they are now old enough to sit through the service.
Their younger brother, Prince Louis, 19 months, will stay at Sandringham with his nanny, Maria Borrallo.
Royal sources say William and Kate will make a final decision, in conjunction with the Queen, on whether to bring the children when they wake up tomorrow morning.
Harry and Meghan will not be at Sandringham, but will spend their first Christmas with baby Archie with Meghan’s mother Doria in Canada, as revealed last Saturday by the Mail.
The couple also missed the Queen’s pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. Harry and William split their households earlier this year following reports of a rift between them.
In a TV documentary, Harry said his relationship with his elder brother had ‘good days and bad days’, and they were ‘on different paths’.
Prince Philip may also be absent from the Sandringham celebrations. He remained in hospital in London for a fourth night last night after being admitted last week.
On a visit to a flood-hit village in South Yorkshire yesterday, Charles was asked how his father was and replied: ‘All right. When you get to that age things don’t work so well.’
Most of the royal scandals in 2019 originated from these 3 scandals. Many people even compare 2019 with 1992 – the time when the Queen called it the “horrible year” of the royal family when witnessing the farewell of Prince Charles and his wife and the Windsor Castle fire.