Harry and Meghan’s shock decision to step down from the royal frontline left William and Kate more at the forefront of the Royal Family than ever before. The sudden move reportedly “blindsided” the Firm and the Queen quickly called a summit at Sandringham to find a solution. Despite the severity of the crisis which has left the Queen deeply “saddened”, William and Kate have managed to uphold royal values throughout.
By upping their royal engagements, the two have shone in the spotlight since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure.
According to a BBC Radio 4 programme, broadcast in 2007, the royals may have learned how to respond to such dilemmas from past events.
Speaking to journalist Matthew d’Ancona in the broadcast, royal biographer Penny Junor said: “The times when monarchy has been most endangered has been when the monarch has sunk below the parapet.
“When Queen Victoria went into mourning and wasn’t seen, the monarchy went into a really really rough patch when Diana died and the Queen – and the rest of the Royal Family – were invisible up in Balmoral.
“Again, real problems – the monarchy must be visible.”
Following Diana’s devastating death in 1997, rumbles of republicanism began to emerge as the nation descended into mourning.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Image: Getty)
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The Queen was heavily criticised for her absence in London and was perceived as being uncaring.
In reality, she and Philip had decided to take Harry and William up to Balmoral in Scotland to help them with their grief.
Yet, the public’s anger increased, so the monarch decided to take the unprecedented action of broadcasting a speech on the evening before Diana’s funeral.
Acknowledging the horror of Diana’s death, the Queen also explained how “there were lessons to be drawn from her life, and the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death” in her address to the nation.
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However divisions soon emerged between the two couples (Image: Getty)