BBC Breakfast: Jennie Bond discusses Queen's health concerns
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Royal correspondent for the BBC, Jennie Bond, appeared on Morning Live on Friday to discuss the Queen as she has been forced to cancel some Christmas plans due to the spread of the Omicron variant. The royal expert talked about how 2021 has been a difficult year for the royals and claimed Britain’s longest-serving monarch could be suffering from “health problems” not publicised.
Morning Live presenter Sara Cox told Jennie: “It’s been a very tough year hasn’t it, for the Queen?”
“Oh, it’s been incredibly tough,” Jennie agreed.
“It started really, with her beloved husband, Prince Philip, fighting ill health – fighting old age, really.
“[They were] 73 years married, sadly they didn’t quite make it to the 74th wedding anniversary and as we all know, he died peacefully in April.
“So that was a huge blow, of course. And then there is the whole debacle of [Prince] Harry and Meghan [Markle], their interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was like a grenade exploding in the Royal Family, really.
“And the Queen has tried to hold it together, he is her grandson and she always says, ‘a beloved member of my family’.
“So that’s been difficult, and then she herself has been fighting ill-health in the latter part of the year.”
Updating viewers on the Queen’s recent medical issues, of which not many details have been released, Jennie went on: “She went back to work after lockdown, a bit too much it would seem – got exhausted.
“And there may be some underlying health problems that we haven’t been told about, which caused her to be in hospital for a night.
“So she’s had a pretty tough year, but she’d be the first to say she’s not alone in having a tough year.”
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It came as Jennie had discussed the monarch’s decision to cancel some of her festive plans.
Sara explained: “Now, it’s worth noting that as she’s done before, the Queen is providing a terrific example to the rest of the nation.
“She’s decided to cancel her pre-Christmas lunch because of Covid fears.”
“Yes, it’s been a tradition for many years now,” Jennie explained.
“Because she can’t invite everyone and the Royal Family’s extended family is very large indeed, she has a ‘big bash’ before Christmas and invites everyone, normally to Buckingham Palace.
“This year it was going to be next Tuesday at Windsor Castle, and I think she was very much looking forward to welcoming that extended family.”
She added: “It’s an example, how could she have gone ahead when we’ve had the chief medical officer saying we should limit social contact.”
Morning Live airs weekdays at 9.15am on BBC One.
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