The monarch, 95, toured the £3billion warship, which is affectionally called ‘Big Lizzie’, on Saturday in a tumultuous week for the Royal Family which saw Prince Harry drop another ‘truth bomb’ in an Apple TV+ series.
Meanwhile, Prince William confessed on Friday that the Covid-19 lockdown had ‘tested everyone’ after he slammed the BBC for ruining Princess Diana’s life after her Panorama interview with ‘rogue reporter’ Martin Bashir in 1995.
Despite the eventful week, the Queen put on a brave face as she chatted with the ship’s commanding officer Captain Angus Essenhigh, and Commodore Stephen Moorhouse, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group (CSG), as she arrived by helicopter at Portsmouth Naval Base.
She cut a sophisticated figure in a rouge button-up jacket with a matching bowler hat and a scarab brooch, which was gifted to her by her late husband Duke of Edinburgh, as she toured the HMS Queen Elizabeth warship.
The Queen has visited (pictured) Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, affectionately known as ‘Big Lizzie’, in her first public appearance since Prince Harry accused the Royal Family of ‘total neglect’ in his latest bombshell comments
The Queen was greeted by the ship’s commanding officer Captain Angus Essenhigh, and Commodore Stephen Moorhouse (all pictured), commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group (CSG), as she arrived by helicopter at Portsmouth Naval Base
The monarch wore a rouge button-up jacket with a matching bowler hat for the visit as well as a scarab brooch (pictured), which was gifted to her by her late husband Duke of Edinburgh
The Queen appeared to be in good spirits as she smiled and chatted with Royal Navy personnel on the warship, while the visit comes soon after her grandson suggested his father, Prince Charles, allowed his children to ‘suffer’ when it came to the media because of his own experiences.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth, with eight RAF F35B stealth fighter jets on board, will depart later on Saturday for Asia accompanied by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a company of Royal Marines. The Queen’s tour follows a visit to the flagship by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday.
The ship’s 28-week operational deployment will cover 26,000 nautical miles travelling through the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, then from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean to the Philippine Sea.
The deployment has been organised as part of the ‘UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific region’ in a bid to ‘bolster deep defence partnerships’ as well as to take part in an exercise to mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement with Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
The Queen’s visit to the warship before its departure saw her return to work after Prince Harry accused the monarchy and the media of attempting to ‘smear’ his wife, ‘total neglect’ and even bullying.
In his latest attack, part of a series on mental health for Apple TV+ with his friend Oprah Winfrey, the former royal suggested his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ when it came to the media because of his own negative experiences.
Despite the eventful week, the Queen put on a brave face as she smiled and chatted with Royal Navy personnel on the warship (pictured) during her tour of the warship ahead of its 28-week operational deployment to Asia
Her tour of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (pictured) came hours before it is set to depart later on Saturday for Asia for a 28-week operational deployment, which has been organised as part of the ‘UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific region’
The Queen’s visit to the warship (pictured) was her first public appearance since Prince Harry accused the monarchy and the media of attempting to ‘smear’ his wife, ‘total neglect’ and even bullying
His comments came on the five-episode The Me You Can’t See series – part-televised therapy session and self-help guide, part-confessional – which was released in its entirety yesterday. It contains a number of ‘truth bombs’, an insider told the New York Post earlier this week.
In the documentary, Harry described how Meghan shared her darkest thoughts with him, including ‘the practicalities’ of how she had considered ending her life.
He said: ‘I felt completely helpless. I thought my family would help – but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect.’
Harry was billed as an executive producer alongside Miss Winfrey, who originally bagged the lucrative Apple deal. But it also included large segments of him in conversation with the chat show host, as well as interspersed footage of Harry at his mother’s funeral and her being chased by paparazzi as a young woman.
It set the tone for what was another slew of accusations against the Royal Family, the monarchy and the British media.
Harry told how frightened he was by Meghan’s ‘clarity of thought’ about how she wanted to kill herself when she was six months pregnant with their son Archie. Going back to his childhood, the prince talked in moving terms of how much he had been scarred by the loss of his mother.
He said it was his wife who persuaded him, after a row in which she said he had regressed back to his 12-year-old self – the age at which he lost his mother – to seek professional help. This included Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
The fear of losing his wife and raising Archie alone ‘was one of the biggest reasons to leave the UK’, he added.
Harry also claimed that ‘forces were working against us’ as they attempted to quit as working royals, but that he and Meghan were proud of what they had achieved and ‘had no regrets’.
He said at the time that he was ‘feeling trapped and feeling controlled through fear both by the media and by the system itself, which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma… But certainly now I will never be bullied into silence.’
In a series on mental health for Apple TV+ with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry (pictured) suggested his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ when it came to the media because of his own negative experiences
Harry, referring to the racism he believed Meghan experienced in the UK, also suggested his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, (pictured in 1995) had been hounded to death because she was dating ‘someone that wasn’t white’ – Dodi Fayed
Meanwhile, Prince William slammed the BBC this week for ruining Princess Diana’s life after her Panorama interview with ‘rogue reporter’ Martin Bashir in 1995. Pictured: The royal family watch the RAF flypast in 2018
Harry, referring to the racism he believed Meghan experienced in the UK, also suggested his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, had been hounded to death because she was dating ‘someone that wasn’t white’ – Dodi Fayed. Buckingham Palace and Clarence House were last night retaining what sources described as a ‘dignified silence’ on the claims.
An exasperated insider recently told the Mail the Royal Family appeared to be at the end of their tether over Harry’s never-ending forays from across the Atlantic and that relationships were hanging by a thread.
They said: ‘Everyone is struggling to understand what he gets from, or hopes to achieve, by interventions like this. It is perfectly possible to campaign effectively on the issue of mental health without talking in such intimate detail about his own experiences.’
The Apple TV series was released in full online just four hours after his brother Prince William issued an extraordinary attack on the BBC for ruining Princess Diana’s life after her Panorama interview with ‘rogue reporter’ Martin Bashir in 1995.
The Duke of Cambridge said Bashir’s deceit in obtaining his 1995 interview with Princess Diana hastened his parents’ divorce and ‘hurt countless others’ in an unprecedented broadside against the shamed BBC.
His brother Prince Harry – who is based in California – also responded to Lord Dyson’s damning report into how the interview was obtained, saying his mother ‘lost her life because of this’.
The Duke of Sussex thanked those who took ‘some form of accountability’ for ‘owning it’, but said ‘the ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took [Diana’s] life’.
In a recent statement, Prince William laid bare his ‘indescribable sadness’ that his precious final years with his mother had been marred by the isolation the historic Panorama interview caused.
What ‘saddens’ him the most was that should a 1996 investigation into claims Diana was hoodwinked by Bashir have been conducted ‘properly’, the princess would have known she was ‘deceived’ prior to her death in 1997, he claimed.
He said the interview now held ‘no legitimacy’, had established a ‘false narrative’ for 25 years, and the BBC’s failings had let his mother, his family and the public down.