'She doesn't care for celebrity': Princes Harry and William pay tribute to the Queen for first time
'She doesn't care for celebrity': Prince William reveals his opinions on the Queen
To mark the Diamond Jubilee, Prince William and younger brother Harry publicly pay tribute to their 85-year-old grandmother for the first time.
Set to air on Monday, an insightful BBC mini-series features various members of the royal family in discussion with broadcaster Andrew Marr.
In one episode, future heir Prince
William reveals that despite being one of the most famous women in
the world, following her 60-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t ‘care for celebrity’.
The 29-year-old continues: ‘I
think she doesn’t care for celebrity….and she really minds about
having privacy in general. And I think it’s very important to be able to
retreat inside and be able to collect one’s thoughts and collect your
ideas…and then to move forwards.
is] a very tricky line to draw between private and public and duty and I
think she’s carved her own way completely. She’s not had a blueprint.’
Prince Harry, 27, says that he doesn't believe the Queen could carry out her public duties without the continued support of her
90-year-old husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
‘Regardless of whether my grandfather
seems to be doing his own thing, sort of wandering off like a fish down
the river, the fact that he’s there – personally, I don’t think that
she could do it without him, especially when they’re both at this age,’
Harry’s astute comments on the strength of the couple’s remarkable
64-year marriage are all the more poignant as they were made before Prince Philip’s heart scare over Christmas.
After developing severe chest pains, he was admitted to hospital where a stent was fitted to clear a blocked coronary artery.
He spent four nights under observation and has since been recuperating
at Sandringham, his wife’s Norfolk estate, as well as carrying out a
limited number of public engagements.
Harry’s remark was made during the
documentary Diamond Queen, to be shown on BBC1 on Monday, which is the
60th anniversary of the death of George VI and his daughter’s accession
to the throne.
Prince Harry pays tribute to his grandmother's sense of duty and her stoicism in the BBC documentary
In the documentary, one of the Queens's granddaughters,
Princess Eugenie, says: 'Whenever Granny walks into a room, everyone
stands up, stops and kind of just watches her'
Writing about the interview in the latest edition of the Radio Times magazine, Marr also reveals the prince makes clear the sovereign has no intention of slowing down.
He writes: ‘Prince Harry reflects on her ability to turn up, still smiling, at places she might not want to be: ‘These are the things that, at her age, she shouldn’t be doing, yet she’s carrying on and doing them’.”
The documentary shows that even as a child, Princess Elizabeth was
not an ordinary young girl.
For her sixth birthday she
was presented with a giant Wendy house by the people of Wales.
It has recently
been restored and Marr is filmed while he is given a private tour of the unique building
by the Queen’s 23-year-old granddaughter Princess Beatrice.
Other contributions are equally
light-hearted including that of Princess Anne who jokes about the fact
that she and her mother are still talking after all these years.
Family: The Duke of Edinburgh talks to Prince Harry, right, and his brother, the now Duke of Cambridge. The Prince has paid tribute to his 90-year-old grandfather
And one of the Queens's granddaughters, Princess Eugenie, says: 'Whenever Granny walks into a room, everyone stands up, stops and kind of just watches her.'
Several of the monarch’s 12 former
Prime Ministers are also interviewed, including Tony Blair who scotches
long-held rumours that his office wrote her famous televised address
following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, which began with the
immortal line ‘As your Queen and as a grandmother’.
‘Those words and that language were her
own…..absolutely not written by New Labour no – and the very personal
touch was actually hers,’ he says.
The documentary shows that even as a child, Princess Elizabeth was not an ordinary young girl
He added: ‘She keeps her ear very much to the ground. …though conventionally it’s supposed to be prime minutes briefing the Queen, I found it a very genuine exchange….she had a very clear and shrewd sense of where people would be on political issues.
‘There was nobody who has a better idea of a crisis, what it’s like, how it is, and how it also doesn’t go on forever.
‘She was prepared within the context of the audience to be very frank and open and informative.’
David Cameron, the Queen’s 12th Prime Minster, told Mr Marr: ‘She’s seen and heard it all, but I think she wants to be in a position where she knows everything that’s going on… she asks you well-informed and brilliant questions that make you think about the things you’re doing.” So did that make him do his job better
‘I think you reveal both to her, but also to yourself, your deepest thinking and deepest worries… and sometimes that can really help you reach the answers.’
The documentary was filmed over a year and a half in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Australia and the Middle East.
The Diamond Queen, February 6, 9pm BBC One
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a Candlemas service at Saint Michael's Church in Camden, north London today
THE DIAMOND QUEEN
Andrew Marr looks at what the Queen does both at home and abroad, following her to the Middle East and U.S. He observes the day-to-day duties of the royal family, hearing from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Princess Eugenie about the remarkable skills the Queen has acquired during her sixty-year reign.
Sticking to her private motto – 'I have to be seen to be believed' – Marr reveals the energy she puts into every engagement. The influence of her grandfather, father and mother, the impact of the abdication, and the unique relationship between the Head of State and her Government is also assessed. David Cameron, Tony Blair, William Hague, Sir John Major and Princess Beatrice also star.
Andrew Marr looks at the Queen's attempts to modernise the monarchy over the last 60 years, from the abolition of the presentation of debutantes in 1958 to the opening up of the Palaces, themed receptions and garden parties at the Palace and the very modern royal wedding last year. Reflecting on this hugely successful event, Prince William and Prince Harry both talk about their grandmother’s influence on the wedding day and her advice on such matters as the guest list and the most suitable uniforms to wear.
In the final episode of this three-part series, Andrew Marr looks at the defining moments of the Queen's reign, beginning with her accession to the throne in 1952 and her Coronation sixteen months later. He examines how she has coped with decades of changing and sometimes tense relations with the media, looks backwards and forwards at royal Jubilees and charts her trip to Australia to look at what some see as her most enduring achievement – the Commonwealth. And – for the first time – all of the Queen’s adult grandchildren have their say about ‘The Diamond Queen’.