The idea of divorce still makes Queen Elizabeth uncomfortable, according to a royal expert.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, says the queen feels "sad but pragmatic" about divorces, and will often urge couples to make their marriages work because she feels it’s too easy to split up.
Seward’s comments come after two of the queen's relatives recently announced they were getting divorced. Her nephew, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, and his wife, Serena, announced their split this week after 26 years of marriage. The news comes just a week after it emerged her eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, and his wife, Autumn, have also separated after 12 years.
Speaking to Ok!, Seward said the 93-year-old monarch is now banking on the strength of the marriage of her grandson Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. "If she didn’t have them, I think she might say to herself, 'Goodness, after more than 70 years on the throne, it’s come to nothing'."
Seward also revealed that despite three of the queen’s four children having divorced, she still struggles with the idea of it.
She went on to say that in the past Her Majesty has often offered advice to couples who might be struggling with their marriage.
"She used to say, 'Just wait two years and see if you can make it work.' She’ll have urged Peter and Autumn to try again."
The royal expert explained that, despite her own discomfort and upset, the queen remains stoic about royal splits and that her pragmatic nature helps her cope with challenges.
The British royal family have had a difficult few months, with the queen’s second-eldest son, Prince Andrew, being forced to retire from public life after his disastrous interview regarding his friendship with American sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, and the queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stepping back from royal duties.