Robert Lacey is quoted in this Times article following the fall-out from the Oprah Winfrey interview.
The Queen’s closest adviser should bear his share of the responsibility for the crisis facing the royal family in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, Robert Lacey has said.
“It is absolutely the British taxpayer’s right to know who is running the show so badly.
“The monarchy is the national figurehead, supposed to represent the values of everyone — and to uphold and exemplify the principles of equality and diversity in Britain and around the Commonwealth that the Queen has always championed.
“But suddenly it is under a major challenge which is not now going to go away.
“And the buck stops, as it has always stopped, with the private secretary.”
Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, lacked the imagination to find a role for the duchess that she would find fulfilling and that matched her interests, according to Robert Lacey.
The royal family has been beset by accusations of racism since the interview, in which the couple said that a family member expressed concern about how dark their son Archie’s skin would be when he was born. The duchess also said that she was rebuffed when she asked for help when struggling with her mental health.
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Robert Lacey is the author of Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.