Queen: Madeley questions whether public is being 'softened up'
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Richard Madeley discussed the Queen’s health on ITV’s Good Morning Britain as the panel debated what the future of the Royal Family holds following the monarch’s cancelled Cop26 appearance. But while most of the panel skirted around the difficult subject, Mr Madeley came out and simply asked if the public was being “softened up” to consider the Queen no longer taking the frontline role in the Royal Family. Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter argued the process was already happening with Prince Charles and William taking more of a leading role as the GMB guests debated the sensitive issue.
The Queen, on medical advice, will not be attending Cop26 which is the second cancelled trip on health grounds in recent weeks.
But the monarch will attend virtually by recording a video addressing attendees at the climate event.
The Queen also cancelled her trip to Northern Ireland on health grounds and it was revealed shortly after she had spent a night in hospital for preliminary tests.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, journalist Kevin Maguire suggested the Queen should step down and let someone else take over as it was the norm to see people leave their work due to age.
Host Ranvir Singh developed the point more and said the Royal Family may be going through a “transitional period” where the Queen will fundamentally do less.
But Mr Madeley interrupted and simply stated if the public were being “softened up” for a world without the Queen leading it.
Mr Arbiter agreed and said the process has been going on for quite some time.
He said: “We’ve been watching the Prince of Wales and Prince William do more and more of her type of work since 2012.
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“Both of them have been travelling overseas on her behalf, they are doing investitures, they’re doing more engagements, they are meeting a lot of ministers.
“So the transition is already taking place… what we are seeing is caution, caution in putting the Queen in an environment where there are so many people taking part.”
Mr Arbiter then attacked Mr Maguire’s suggestion the Queen should step down and said the monarch “committed herself to God” and will “carry on until she draws her last breath.”
Earlier in the programme, Mr Maguire suggested the Queen should step back and allow Prince Charles and William to lead the Royal Family.
He was told the two royals would be attending Cop26 so there would be a royal presence there.
But Mr Maguire responded: “They will always be overshadowed as long as she is around and in that front line.
“If a lot of people can’t do their job because of their age and abilities they don’t do the job anymore.
“And she should abdicate and move over to let someone else do the job.”
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