The queen has received another blow – just months after the death of her husband Prince Philips – when a new tragedy caused her to topple.
The 95-year-old monarch mourns the death of Ann Fortune FitzRoy, the Duchess of Grafton, who was known to be one of her closest confidants and friends.
The Sun reported that the Duchess died at the age of 101.
She was one of only two people to receive the title of Mistress of the Robes during the Queen’s reign.
The French website Histoires Royales described the Duchess as “the most loyal” friend and helper to the Queen.
The death of a friend comes at a difficult time for the royal family – when a bomb book published in the United States made new accusations.
This is what the American author Christopher Andersen claims in his new book Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives Of William, Kate, Harry And Meghan that Prince Charles wondered about the color of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children.
In the book, Andersen writes that Prince Charles said to his wife Camilla: “I wonder what the children will look like?”.
When Camilla replied, “well, absolutely amazing, I’m sure,” the book says Charles replied, “I mean, what do you think their kids’ complexion might be?”, The New York Post’s Page Six website reported.
A spokesman for Clarence House, where Charles and Camilla live, said of the allegation: “This is fiction and not worth commenting on further.”
Harry and Meghan accused a member of the royal family – not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh – of racism in shocking allegations made during their Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year.
Meghan said that when she was pregnant with Archie, an unnamed member of the royal family raised “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin could be when he was born”.
Asked whether there was concern that her child would become “too brown” and that it would be a problem, the Duchess said: “If that’s the assumption you make, it’s pretty safe.”
Pushed by Winfrey about who had these conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding, “I think it would be very harmful to them.”
Harry also declined to give further details.
“I will never share that conversation. At the time, it was awkward, I was a little shocked.”