This week Prince William uttered eight words that prove the Queen is "losing the reins" of the Palace, a royal commentator claims.
The Duke of Cambridge broke his silence on the accusations of racism made by his younger brother Harry and wife Meghan Markle, becoming the first senior royal to comment.
"We are very much not a racist family," he told Sky News while he and Kate Middleton were visiting a London school on Thursday.
While insiders claim William has the backing of both Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, an Australian expert says the remark showed him "break ranks with the palace and open up a new, public battlefront".
Royal writer Daniela Elser has penned a new column analysing why the Prince's apparent off-hand comment "augurs badly for Palace cohesion" and is a bad sign for the Queen.
"On the most glaring level, in answering the racism question, the second-in-line to the throne has only stoked the global media fires, giving even more oxygen to this entire sad saga," she writes for news.com.au.
"But, more importantly what he has done is defied the studied, carefully crafted stance that the Queen and Charles are trying to maintain to go his own impassioned route."
She goes on to explain that the Royal Family "doesn't do spontaneity", with every single public comment carefully crafted and timed very deliberately.
The Queen's only response to the shocking allegations put forth by her grandson and granddaughter-in-law was a short statement released on Wednesday, while Prince Charles had laughed off reporters' questions about the controversy while visiting a vaccination clinic a day earlier.
Ms Elser claims William went against the royal playbook for handling the scandal in choosing to address the racism accusations head on with "eight little words".
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"The biggest loser out of William's public intervention here is the Queen, and to a lesser extent, Charles," she writes.
"The unfortunate impression today is that the 94-year-old monarch has lost control of her grandson who is now charting his own course of action to try and retaliate against the global firestorm the Sussexes have unleashed."
Ms Elser speculates that "part of the Queen's losing the reins" could be the fact that the family's "disciplinarian" Prince Philip has been in hospital for an entire month.
"The fact William decided to overtly, and in front of cameras, very clearly go against the line his grandmother and father are vainly trying to hold suggests that Charles too lacks any sort of substantial hold over the royal house," she said.
"William's comments augur badly for Palace cohesion."
Ms Elser ends her column with a wry observation that William's apparent moment of rebellion was "very Harry and Meghan of him".
Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.
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