Queen Elizabeth may no longer perform her royal duties in public and she may only be seen by Britons on television.
While speaking with The Sun, royal author Andrew Morton said that it’s incredibly sad that the Queen cannot resume her normal job due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, since she’s 94 years old, her safety and security are of utmost importance.
“The Covid-19 virus isn’t going away soon and will be with us for months, if not years. It would be far too risky for the Queen to start meeting people on a regular basis. She has always loved getting out and meeting people but she can’t take the risk. How can she carry out investitures, meet ambassadors, do walkabouts, and visit places without meeting people at close range?” he said.
Morton also said that if the Queen gets sick with COVID-19, she could also put Prince Philip, 98 in grave danger. Prince Charles tested positive for the virus in March, so he likely has immunity against it now.
Since the Queen may no longer be seen in public, Morton thinks that she will use the television for her announcements. It is also possible for the Queen to hold Zoom meetings with her staff.
“The touchy-feely way of doing things created by Princess Diana has been stopped in its tracks. We will be back to the days of white gloves and distancing, which makes the royals more remote,” Morton said.
Last month, Prince William told BBC that the age of his grandparents is worrying him because they are most susceptible to the deadly virus.
But he assured royal fans that he and his entire family are doing everything that they can to make sure that the Queen and Prince Philip will always be safe.
Prince William also expressed his concern about the impact the virus will have on high-risk individuals who need to isolate themselves from their families. And when Prince Charles was diagnosed with COVID-19, he was especially worried.
Luckily, Prince Charles managed to recover well from the illness after self-isolating for a few days. At that time, he and Camilla Parker Bowles were forced to live separately to prevent the latter from acquiring the virus.
Now, the royal couple is self-isolating in Clarence House. But they continue to perform their royal duties via interviews and video calls.
The Queen and Prince Philip are self-isolating at Windsor Castle.