Royal family 'could surprise Queen at Christmas' says expert
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “unlikely” to be referred to in the Queen’s 2020 Christmas Speech, a royal commentator has said. HeirPod hosts Omid Scobie and Maggie Rulli discussed what topics the monarch’s annual broadcast may address this year. Mr Scobie warned that “personal issues” that took place in the Royal Family may be avoided.
He told listeners: “We have not heard from the Palace on topics the speech might cover.
“But I think it’s pretty obvious that this will be something that will not only try and raise morale around the holidays, but also celebrate that some people can gather, albeit in a limited capacity, to celebrate the day.
“Of course, it will look back and honour those who have been very active through the pandemic.
“I think it’s very unlikely that we’ll see her referring to some of the more personal issues that have taken place in the family, such as the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
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Ms Rulli added: “I feel like this year, in particular, she really motivated the country with that speech eight months ago when the pandemic just started.
“This year, in particular, has been the moment to do what she does best: bringing people together.
“So I’m really excited this year to see what she says.”
As is tradition, the speech will be broadcast on Christmas Day to the nation and the people of the Commonwealth.
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However, the royal commentators claimed it was unlikely to have the same production force due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Scobie said: “I would imagine that it would be handled differently this year.
“If we go by past history, that speech should already have been recorded.”
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He continued: “We know that the Queen is currently at Windsor Castle, and there are no plans to go to Sandringham for Christmas this year.
“However it will be interesting to see how what is usually quite a big production will work with such limited social distancing rules in place.
“I would imagine that someone has probably set up an entire camera system that’s handled remotely.
“Then the Queen can go into an empty room and record the speech by herself.
“Let’s be honest, she knows what she’s doing so I don’t think she needs much.”
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