Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

Queen’s ‘leaked funeral plans’ will only cause more pain, warns royal expert

The leaking of the secret funeral plans following the Queen's death will "only cause more pain to a grieving monarch", claims a royal expert.

An updated version of the plan, dubbed Operation London Bridge, has been now been fully leaked with Covid-19 considerations also implemented.

It covers the 10 days that will ensue after her passing up until her state funeral. It outlines the process of informing politicians, the press, and people, different plans for if the Queen dies in England or at Balmoral, and the role of the would-be King Charles.

Russell Myers, the Mirror's Royal Editor, has expressed concern over the impact of the leak on the Queen who has had a difficult year.

He wrote: "The Queen has been faced with the bizarre and most likely uncomfortable situation of having her funeral plans published to the world, causing more than a degree of frustration among palace courtiers and officials.

"Privately there are obvious concerns for the Queen over yet another blow after such 18 months largely spent in isolation, scandal and drama between her children and grandchildren and saying goodbye to her dearly beloved husband Prince Philip.

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"Those guilty of such an exposure of intensely private information may wish to ask themselves what their motives could possibly be."

This year, the Queen has had to deal with the devastating death of her beloved husband Prince Philip, who died of natural causes aged 99 on April 9.

The Queen spoke earlier this year about "testing times" following months of Covid restrictions in her annual Commonwealth Day speech.

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Now, Whitehall is to launch an immediate inquiry into the leak of closely guarded funeral plans, long known by a select band of officials and reporters jointly bound by a shared understanding of secrecy.

"Today across government departments and the security services there will be very real fears over anything that could derail the organisation of such a seismic global event," wrote Myers.

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