‘Mentally disciplined’ Queen ‘doesn’t let problems crowd her’ and ‘compartmentalises’ to cope with issues such as the heartbreak of losing Prince Philip and Megxit, royal expert claims
- Queen is ‘mentally disciplined’ and deals with stress by ‘compartmentalising’
- A royal expert said the monarch, 95, ‘doesn’t let things crowd in on her’
- Ingrid Seward explained how it allowed the royal to juggle family and public life
- Comments come as Queen prepares for first Christmas without Prince Philip
The ‘mentally disciplined’ Queen ‘compartmentalises’ to cope with heartbreak of losing Prince Philip and Megxit scandal, a royal expert has claimed.
The monarch, 95, has been blighted with tragedies over the last 12 months – with husband Prince Philip dying in April, and her son Prince Andrews facing questions over his controversial friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.
Along with health complications, the royal has also faced family fallouts, with grandson Prince Harry moving to Montecito, California, with his wife Meghan Markle, and the reportedly fraught relationship between the prince and his older brother William.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told People magazine the royal has found ‘her ability to compartmentalize has been extremely helpful in her life’, saying: ‘She won’t let things crowd in on her. She is mentally disciplined and that has helped her through these 70 years.
The ‘mentally disciplined’ Queen, 95, ‘compartmentalises’ to cope with heartbreak of losing Prince Philip and Megxit scandal, a royal expert has claimed
‘It has enabled her to deal with all the things and not allow things to overwhelm her. It goes a long way towards explaining her ability to be able to still be working at this age.’
Meanwhile a source also revealed the royal has been able to ‘keeps things separate between family and official issues.’
It comes as it was revealed the Queen is set to enjoy a ‘new normal’ Christmas this year – and may even appear in public for the first time since early autumn.
The 95-year-old monarch has either been resting or undertaking only ‘light’ desk duties following a mystery health scare.
The monarch has been blighted with tragedies over the last 12 months – with husband Prince Philip dying in April
But she has been given the go-ahead by doctors to throw her annual private pre-festive season party for extended family members for the first time since 2019, the Mail can reveal.
This year, however, it will take place at Windsor Castle and not Buckingham Palace, where it has traditionally been held for several decades.
The Queen has lived in Berkshire since the start of the pandemic and has rarely set foot out of it in recent months.
But she will move her court to her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for Christmas, where her nearest and dearest are all set to gather in time for Christmas Eve – as long as government advice does not change.
Along with health complications, the royal has also faced family fallouts, with grandson Prince Harry moving to Montecito, California, with his wife Meghan Markle
Her Majesty is expected to fly to East Anglia by helicopter, rather than take the train as she normally does, in light of her age and general health.
Before she does, she will record her annual Christmas message, again at Windsor. It is likely to reflect on her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in April, as well as the ‘heartening’ show of community strength seen throughout the nation during the Covid pandemic.
The Mail understands that palace aides are also exploring options for the monarch to appear in public over the next two weeks to wish the country a very happy Christmas.
Although photographs and videos have been released by Buckingham Palace of the sovereign undertaking in-person and virtual audiences with foreign ambassadors, dignitaries and the Prime Minister, all meetings have taken place behind palace walls.
The hope is that the Queen will be well enough to take part in a short public engagement in the castle grounds. Her appearance will be seen as a ‘small shot of joy’ in difficult times.
‘It won’t be a normal Christmas, but like many families around the country, it will be as normal as it can get,’ a source said.
The Queen was last seen in public at a Windsor Castle reception on October 19. The next day, she cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland and was taken to hospital overnight for undisclosed ‘preliminary tests’.
She was ordered to rest for several weeks and since then has undertaken a small number of low-key engagements, including recording a video message to be played at Cop26.
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