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The Queen uses her dogs as a diversion from drama claims top royal biographer


Leading royal writer, Ingrid Seward, has claimed the Royal Family find it hard to confront The Queen over crises within their ranks. Speaking to True Royalty’s ‘The Royal Beat’, she said that whenever a drama arises and someone tries to start a conversation about it, The Queen finds her beloved corgis and heads out into the countryside.

In the latest edition of the show, available from October 3rd, Ingrid Seward says: “When there is a drama in the family, they find it hard to talk to her. Mummy has her dog mechanism; she just calls the dogs and goes out for a walk.”

The revelation came as the show debated recent crises including the ongoing controversy over the relationship of the Duke of York with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.

Ingrid Seward also touched on the other major event of 2020, the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back as senior royals. She tells the programme that The Queen won’t do anything about the couple’s titles for several months, adding that Her Majesty ‘’has said very clearly you have a year to decide what you want to do. That year isn’t up until next spring. So, I don’t think she will do anything until that time.”

The new edition of The Royal Beat is available from October 3rd 2020 on True Royalty TV. Kate Thornton is also joined by Royal Editor Russell Myers and Katie Nicholls from Vanity Fair for the programme.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.