Mirror Online: UK, June 11, 2020 – The Queen’s reign is effectively over” due to the coronavirus pandemic, a royal biographer has claimed.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been social distancing at Windsor Castle since the government restrictions were put in place.
At 94 and 99, they are both in the vulnerable category and have been carrying out their royal duties via video call and on the phone.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Morton says that while he believes the Queen would love to get out and start meeting people again, he doesn’t believe it will be possible.
He said: “The brutal truth is that her reign is effectively over. COVID-19 has done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell.
“Corona has practically put Charles on the throne.
“It’s terribly sad but I can’t see how the Queen can resume her job. The Covid-19 virus isn’t going away soon and will be with us for months if not years.
The Queen has been continuing her duties remotely, and today carried out her first official video call.
She joined Princess Anne to speak to some of Britain’s selfless carers, listening to stories of their daily lives and struggles.
The Queen and Anne worked with the Carers Trust to set up the chat, focusing on the extra work they’ve been doing since the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Her Majesty told them: “I’m very impressed by what you have achieved already.
“Right now in the UK 7 million people are caring unpaid for a frail, ill or disabled family member or friend.
The Queen and The Princess Royal heard from Alex, Amna, Mary and Nadia, who are all the primary carers for family members, about the different roles that carers have to play, and the challenge of juggling their own physical and mental health with that of their loved ones.
Nadia Taylor, 44, from London, cares full time for her mother, father, husband and daughter – who all live together, with her other child.
She said: “The call was about 45 minutes and the Queen was on for about 20 minutes of that.
“She asked us all questions. We talked about how we are all coping in the current climate with Covid-19.
“I explained to her how much more isolated carers are at the moment. Many don’t have laptops or tablets and feel very cut off.
“The Queen asked questions about how we all coped and called us extraordinary, which was very lovely.
“I felt a great sincerity coming from her, as well as the Princess Royal. I think she was trying to send a message that ‘I’m still here, I haven’t forgotten the nation and those most in need.”