Journalist and confidante Tom Bradby says failing to keep the couple on-side could be “very damaging" if they go public.
'I am genuinely amazed at how easily, and fast, the queen walks at the age of 93 – whilst wearing a tiara and with a big robe on!'
The Queen traditionally retreats to Balmoral every summer - but why do the royals love the Scottish estate so much? Host Kate Thornton is joined by royal commentator Omid Scobie, The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe and The Sunday Times’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah to discuss life at Balmoral and where the royals like to holiday to get away from it all. With upcoming overseas trips for the Cambridges and the Sussexes planned, the guests talk about the importance of royal tours and the planning that goes into them to make them run like clockwork. Plus they reveal some personal anecdotes from what it’s like to cover a royal tour.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William always take a vital essential on their royal tours with them - a supply of their own blood. The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’: “If it’s the Queen, Prince Charles or Prince William, they’ll have the royal physician with them, with a bag full of their own blood, just in case something happens.” With Charles and Camilla going to New Zealand, Kate and William set to travel to Pakistan and Meghan and Harry heading to Africa this autumn - who is in their royal entourage? The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah explains: "It tends to be between 12 - 14 in the entourage. It tends to be three press secretaries, a private secretary, sometimes an assistant private secretary will go as well, a hairdresser, a valet, a digital person who assists with communications."
Every summer, the Queen retreats to her Scottish estate Balmoral, for some relaxation and privacy. But some of the most prolific news stories, scandals and tragedies have broken while the royals have been at the estate - including Sarah Ferguson's toe-sucking photos in 1992 and Princess Diana's death in 1997. Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe says: “This is a place where some of the biggest events to affect the Royal Family have broken, whilst they’ve been there in this hideout. “It is a hideout, it’s in the middle of nowhere.”
The Royal Family face a problem when the Queen dies and it’s all to do with the popularity of the monarchy, according to one royal expert. Tim Ewart, ITV News’ former royal editor tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’: “The reality for the monarchy is that when the Queen dies, one of the reasons for the monarchy’s popularity will be gone. “A large part of the popularity of the monarchy is based on the popularity of the Queen. Will that transfer to her son? Open question, we don’t know, but there are suggestions that he’s not as popular as she is.”