Prince Harry has revealed that he sees Her Majesty The Queen as his boss rather than his grandmother in a new BBC documentary
Elizabeth Our Queen at 90 – a Family Tribute is a seventy-minute documentary to air on 21st April on BBC One. It includes interviews from six members of the royal family discussing the Queen and her reign.
Prince Harry was one of those family members interviewed. He said he still needs to pinch himself on occasion whilst in front of his grandmother; and he sees her more as the monarch than a relative.
He told the Radio Times: “I still view her more as the Queen than my grandmother. You have this huge amount of respect for your boss and I always view her as my boss, but occasionally as a grandmother.” It isn’t surprising that Harry might feel this way. After all, the Queen was his boss for the last ten years during his time in the military.
In the documentary, The Princess Royal disclosed that the Queen is reluctant to celebrate or mark her becoming the longest reigning monarch because it brings to mind sad memories for Her Majesty. Mainly the death of her father, King George, VI who died when he was just 56 years old.
Princess Anne said: “Don’t forget there’s a very double-edged sword. People tend to forget when she passed the longest reigning monarch, that was only because her father died so young. So you know for her that’s a very mixed blessing, and you know it’s a record that she would much rather not have been able to pass.”
The documentary also includes footage shot by the Queen herself of the family. Her parents also shot footage of the Queen and her sister, Princess Margaret, which reveals the closeness between the two royal sisters. Prince Philip also got behind the camera to highlight the teasing that went on between family members. According to John Bridcut, the documentary’s director, “[That] is how affection is expressed within this family, rather – as with many people of the Queen’s generation – than by overt physical contact.”
Elizabeth Our Queen at 90 – a Family Tribute again, airs on BBC One on 21 April. stay tuned to Royal central for a review and commentary on the documentary.