Royal biographer, Andrew Morton, has claimed that Her Majesty The Queen’s reign is “effectively over” because of the Coronavirus pandemic and said the virus is “practically putting Charles on the throne.” Morton, author of Diana, Her True Story, remarked that the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has devastated the world, has done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell.
Andrew Morton was speaking to The Telegraph when he made the claims and said, “It is terribly sad but I can’t see how The Queen can resume her job. The COVID-19 virus isn’t going away soon and will be with us for months if not years. She has always loved getting out and meeting people but she can’t take the risk. The brutal truth is that her reign is effectively over. COVID-19 has done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell. Corona has practically put Charles on the throne.”
The Queen has been self-isolating at Windsor Castle since 19th March alongside The Duke of Edinburgh. She will continue to reside their for the foreseeable future and it is expected that she will not begin any public engagements until the Autumn at the earliest. Her Majesty’s diary is being reviewed for the next two years and Buckingham Palace commented in May that The Queen “will follow appropriate advice on engagements” though she does still have her weekly audience with the Prime Minister by phone and receives her red boxes daily.
Annual events cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic include the Order of the Garter Service, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda, Braemar Gathering and the Buckingham Palace Garden Parties.
Andrew Morton previously told The Sun that he believed The Queen would never return to regular duties and that she would probably be seen more via television and video links.
The Queen and Prince Philip are keeping in touch with family members via video calls and Her Majesty recently participated in her very first official video conference call with Princess Anne to mark Carers Week 2020.
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