Shortly after the Queen’s death
Royal biographer: ‘My daughter saw Charles’ red eyes’
09/14/2022 11:25 am (updated)
Andrew Morton is familiar with the British royal family – once he heard the confession of Princess Diana. New King Charles III. he is very trusting. But he is also aware of his emotional reaction to the queen’s death.
For four decades, 69-year-old Andrew Morton has been regarded as one of the most accomplished connoisseurs of the House of Windsor. In an interview with “Stern” he predicts great opportunities for the new king, but sees that the kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations will face major upheavals.
“It is clear that the death of Queen Elizabeth will cause controversy,” says Morton. “In Australia, Canada and some Caribbean countries, there will be a debate about whether Charles should remain head of state or they want their own.” The journalist claims that the new king is Charles III. excellent skill. “He seemed very confident to me. In general, everything he has done since then is exemplary, including the fact that he reached out to Meghan and Harry.”
Morton also mentioned the anniversary of the Queen’s death: “Only Charles and Princess Anne made it to Balmoral in time to sit at the Queen’s deathbed.” Then his daughter met Prince Charles during his tour of London: “She saw his red eyes and that he was clearly crying.”
“The royal family is not racist”
Morton considers the accusations of racism by the royal family unfounded. “There is nothing that points to this, there is no evidence, not even specific indications,” he says, accusing American TV presenter Oprah Winfrey of not questioning the allegations in an interview with Duchess Meghan. “I think Oprah didn’t ask out of an oversight. Anyone who knew the Queen personally will make it clear that race never mattered to her for one very simple reason: as head of the Commonwealth, their duty was simply above race and class.”
He is also extremely critical of the sometimes hateful comments made by post-colonial activists who wished for the Queen to die a painful death. “Britain and the British Empire were far from ideal empires,” Morton said. Some military actions, especially in the 1950s against the Mau Mau in Kenya, “with indiscriminate bombing of the population would be considered war crimes by today’s standards. But this does not justify such abuse of the head of state.”
(This article was first published on Tuesday, September 13, 2022)