In the wake of the news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are stepping down as senior royals, many eyes have been on the Queen and how she will deal with the crisis in her family. Today it was revealed by the Daily Mail that the pair have been told to stop using their ‘Sussex Royal’ brand, as the 93-year-old monarch puts her foot down. But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the only ones who are told what to do by the Queen.
The Earl of Snowdon, who recently announced his split from wife Serena, the Countess of Snowdon, was on the receiving end of her wrath once.
The Earl, David Armstrong-Jones, is the son of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon.
Previously known as Viscount Linley, the Earl was apparently told by his aunt: “Don’t argue with me, I am the Queen!”
In his 2019 memoir ‘Me’, Elton described how he witnessed the Queen lose her temper with her nephew.
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Queen Elizabeth II allegedly slapped her nephew, the Earl of Snowdon (Image: GETTY)
Elton John made the claims in his new book (Image: GETTY)
He claimed the Queen asked Snowdon to go and check on his sister, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, who had been feeling unwell and left a party to rest in her room, but he was reluctant to do so.
He wrote: “When he repeatedly tried to fob her off, the Queen lightly slapped him across the face, saying ‘Don’t’ – slap – ‘argue’ – slap – ‘with – slap – ’me’ – slap’ – ‘I’ – slap – ‘am’ – slap – ‘THE QUEEN’!”
The singer said that after this encounter, Snowdon did as he was told.
Elton added that when the Queen noticed he had watched it all unfold, she winked at him before walking away.
David and his wife Serena (Image: GETTY)