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Prince Harry has felt ‘helpless’ as Royal Family rally around the Queen at Windsor

Members of the Royal Family have shown their support for the Queen by reportedly “taking turns” to visit her at Windsor Castle and keeping her company on the phone, as she recovers from her illness. According to a royal insider, Prince William and Kate have sent a bouquet of flowers and sweet cards from their children, whilst Prince Harry has been left feeling “helpless” in Montecito. 

A source close to the royals told celebrity outlet Us Weekly: “The royals went into a state of panic when they heard the Queen was admitted to hospital and are taking turns to call her daily and visit her at Windsor Castle.”

They added that Prince William and Kate had sent a huge bouquet of flowers whilst her great-grandchildren had sent well-wishes and cards.

Speaking of Prince Harry, the source said the prince had gone into “panic mode” after hearing about his grandmother. 

“He felt helpless being 5000 miles away in Montecito and has been checking in non-stop with her.”

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Despite his ongoing differences with the Royal Family, Prince Harry has always praised the Queen and recently described her as his “Colonel-in-Chief”.

During his and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, he said: “I have spoken more with my grandmother in the last year than I have done in many, many years.

“My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and a good understanding.” 

Since moving to California following Megxit in 2020, the Duke has only seen Her Majesty on two occasions, after he returned for Prince Philip’s funeral and the unveiling of Diana’s statue. 

Despite participating in two virtual audiences yesterday, a statement from Buckingham Palace was released last night to state that Her Majesty would no longer be attending the COP26 summit.

It read: “Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the evening reception of COP26 on Monday, 1 November.”

The statement concluded: “Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”

It has been made clear that her illness is not Covid-19 related and she is now resting at Windsor Castle whilst undertaking light duties from her desk. 

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‘Footsteps heard!’ Windsor Castle’s spookiest stories laid bare as Halloween approaches

Windsor Castle is said to be one of the Royal Family’s most haunted homes. The Queen’s Berkshire residence, first built in the 1070s, has reported over 25 ghost and ghoul sightings over the years.

During one of these nightmare nights at Windsor Castle, people have said they have spotted blue-blooded ghosts roaming around Windsor.

But it should come as no surprise.

Windsor’s St George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in 2018, also has the coffins of former monarchs, including Henry VIII, George V and Charles I, below the floorings.

Henry VIII, who reigned from 1509 to 1547, is even reported to be heard “hobbling” around the castle’s deanery cloisters.

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This could be explained as Henry, while a slim man when he ascended to the English throne, around the time of his death he weighed nearly 400 pounds, suffered from gout and developed ulcers on his leg.

In fact, and in an attempt to highlight just how profound the Tudor monarch’s physical transformation was, historians believe his waistline ballooned from just 32 inches in 1512 to 54 inches.

Even Queen Elizabeth II claims to have had one ghostly encounter at the haunted castle.

The 95-year-old monarch is said to have seen her namesake Elizabeth I.

According to Visit Britain, the spirit of Good Queen Bess is “often seen in the library” and “her footsteps can be heard on the bare floorboards before her striking presence appears”.

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The story of George III’s spirit reportedly originates with an officer’s “heart-warming” sighting days after the King passed away.

Royal Central reports the officer was passing the late monarch’s window alongside other guards when the commanding officer saw a distinctive figure watching the ongoing parade from the King’s usual spot.

Apparently, he gave the order “eyes right” and each soldier present then watched as the spirit of George III returned their salute.

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Queen could seek comfort in Sophie Wessex during downtime at Windsor

The close relationship between Her Majesty and her youngest son’s wife has been well-known since the couple married in June 1999. Particularly following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s break from senior royal duties last year, Sophie, Countess of Wessex has increasingly adopted a more prominent role in shouldering royal responsibilities.

But the pair’s relationship goes beyond the confines of fulfilling duties for the good of the monarchy.

They also share various hobbies and interests which may encourage the Queen to lean on Sophie as she takes time to rest in Windsor, just 11 miles from the Wessex’s Surrey estate at Bagshot Park.

Richard Kay, veteran royal reporter and editor-at-large for the Daily Mail, said: “The Queen and the Countess also share a fascination with military history.

“Sophie loves listening to the Queen talk about great historical events.”

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He added that the “pair are sometimes gone for hours, pouring over ancient documents in the Royal Archives, which are kept at Windsor Castle.

“When Sophie visited the World War One and World War Two battlefields and cemeteries in France, she told the Queen all about what she had seen and what she felt.”

Mr Kay also touched how Sophie Wessex’s kinship with the Queen may be related to the death of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, nearly two decades ago.

The Queen and her younger sister had a close relationship, and her passing coincided with the death of the Queen Mother just weeks later.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe explained that Sophie would travel to Windsor “every few days and most weekends to spend socially-distanced time with Her Majesty”.

If unable to make the trip, she “[calls] her mother-in-law at least once a day”.

Sophie, as well as providing the Queen with emotional support during difficult periods, has increasingly taken on the practical burdens of life as a senior royal.

Sophie has a well-established track record of public and advocacy work, most recently appearing at an event for the women’s charity, Wellbeing of Women, of which Sophie is patron.

She spoke candidly about menopause, which she attributed to having a “tragic” impact on how women operate in the workplace.

She addressed a virtual conference earlier this month, saying: “To think that women are having to leave the workplace because of this is tragic.”

“We are fabulous in our 40s, we are even more fabulous in our 50s, 60s and 70s and we need to celebrate that and keep those opportunities going for women.”

In September, the Countess of Wessex said that she was “thrilled” to take on royal patronage of OSCAR International, a Mumbai-based foundation that facilitates access to education for children from underprivileged backgrounds.

She added: “It’s an enormous privilege to be working with such an amazing foundation.

“My visit to India was so important to see where you’re actually working with the boys and the girls and to see the working conditions and also the living conditions.”

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