His grand oak-panelled workplace with its convention desk and comfortable sofas within the coronary heart of Whitehall, 4 miles from Kensington Palace, is just too distant for Simon Case to listen to the cries of anguish emanating from the royal bunker the place he used to work.

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The irony that he left the back-stabbing, hot-tempered intrigue of palace politics for the comparative tranquillity of Downing Street when he took the job as Britain’s high civil servant shouldn’t be misplaced on the £200,000-a-year, risk-averse Cupboard Secretary.

However the chaos that has enveloped the royal world with incendiary claims that the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry bullied workers – and that he was aware about them as a senior courtier – has plunged the mandarin into the deepest disaster to hit the monarchy for a technology.

At its coronary heart the turmoil engulfing the royals has occurred not due to what the bespectacled Dr Case did – however due to what, it’s alleged, didn’t occur after the bullying claims reached his desk. 

Simon Case (pictured with Prince William in 2019) left the Palace for Downing Street when he took the job as Britain’s top civil servant

Simon Case (pictured with Prince William in 2019) left the Palace for Downing Avenue when he took the job as Britain’s high civil servant

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle are set to feature in a tell all interview with American chat show host Oprah Winfrey on Sunday

Prince Harry and spouse Meghan Markle are set to characteristic in a inform all interview with American chat present host Oprah Winfrey on Sunday

Duke of Edinburgh recovering in hospital following profitable surgical procedure for pre-existing coronary heart situation 

By Kate Pickles, Well being Correspondent for the Day by day Mail 

The Duke of Edinburgh is recovering in hospital following profitable surgical procedure for a pre-existing coronary heart situation – simply three months wanting his a hundredth birthday.

Prince Philip, the nation’s longest serving consort, underwent the process at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London on Wednesday.

Buckingham Palace mentioned in an announcement yesterday: ‘His Royal Highness will stay in hospital for remedy, relaxation and recuperation for plenty of days.’

The announcement sparked renewed concern because of the duke’s superior age.

He has already spent 17 nights in hospital after being admitted to the King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone, central London, on February 16, on his physician’s recommendation.

He has by no means earlier than spent as lengthy in hospital. The duke – whose a hundredth birthday might be on June 10 – walked into King Edward VII’s unaided after travelling there from Windsor Citadel, the place he has spent most of lockdown with the Queen.

A royal supply had beforehand mentioned that it had not been an emergency admission and was all the way down to ‘an abundance of warning’. Philip was admitted after feeling unwell and was handled for an an infection.

However on Monday, he was transferred to Bart’s – the nation’s main coronary heart hospital – for exams and statement on ‘an current coronary heart situation’. Therapy for the an infection was additionally to proceed.

In 2011, Philip was rushed to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after struggling chest pains because the royal household ready for Christmas. Within the severe well being scare, he was handled for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and had a stent fitted – a minimally invasive process.

The Palace declined to present particulars of the most recent precise surgical procedure. However consultants have prompt {that a} decade on, the stent might have wanted changing, requiring an additional process.

It’s also doable that the duke had aortic stenosis, a typical situation in outdated age the place the principle valve within the coronary heart turns into stiff or narrowed, decreasing blood circulate to the principle artery.

As soon as requiring open coronary heart surgical procedure, the valve now tends to get replaced utilizing one other minimally-invasive process which sufferers can get well from ‘in days’.

Dr Derek Connolly, a advisor interventional heart specialist at Birmingham Metropolis Hospital, mentioned Philip is in ‘the absolute best arms’. He defined: ‘We clearly don’t know the process he’s undergone however we do know he’s acquired coronary illness from when he had the stent fitted ten years in the past.

‘Older sufferers typically get stenosis of the aortic valve however they are going to be checking for different situations, corresponding to rhythm disturbances and the guts failing.

‘Charles Knight, the chief govt at Bart’s, is likely one of the most outstanding cardiologists in Europe so he’s in precisely the correct place, whichever of those it’s. The workforce at Bart’s actually are world-leaders with regards to cardiology.’ The Duchess of Cornwall revealed the Duke of Edinburgh was ‘barely bettering’ however ‘hurts at moments’ as she carried out a go to to a group vaccination centre on Wednesday.

On a go to to South London, Camilla was heard telling workers that morning: ‘We’ll maintain our fingers crossed.’

It isn’t recognized whether or not the duke had undergone the process at this level.

Philip is patron of the British Coronary heart Basis, which despatched its finest needs, saying the royal had been a ‘long-term advocate for coronary heart analysis’.

Philip was visited in King Edward VII’s Hospital final month by the Prince of Wales, who made a 200-mile spherical journey from Highgrove and stayed for round half an hour.

Together with the Queen, Philip obtained his Covid-19 jab in January.

After saying the surgical procedure, the Palace shared a picture on social media to mark World E-book Day of the Queen and Philip collectively in 1976 within the library at Balmoral Citadel.

The Queen has been carrying on along with her official duties, holding her weekly viewers with the Prime Minister by phone from Windsor on Wednesday.

Yesterday, she had a phone viewers with the Chief of the Air Employees, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston.

In the meantime, ITV vowed to go forward with broadcasting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, regardless of criticism in mild of Philip’s ongoing well being issues. The broadcaster launched a trailer yesterday, forward of the two-hour present subsequent Monday, that includes the identical footage put out by CBS.

 

On Wednesday it emerged he had been despatched an electronic mail from Harry and Meghan’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf that claimed the duchess bullied two assistants and shattered the arrogance of a 3rd member of workers, and ‘drove them out’ of Kensington Palace. 

On the identical time a former aide was quoted as telling The Occasions newspaper that each Harry and his spouse had been ‘outrageous bullies’.

The criticism was handed to the palace’s personnel division – as of late referred to as HR, or human sources – and, as soon as there, the suspicion is that it was buried.

Now the leaking of the e-mail has compelled Buckingham Palace into retrospective motion with its unprecedented announcement of an inquiry into the bullying claims.

Previous and current workers are to be invited to talk confidentially about their expertise of working for Meghan.

The Queen’s assertion escalated the tit-for-tat confrontation between Buckingham Palace and Los Angeles-based ‘Crew Sussex’.

A clip from Meghan’s upcoming tell-all interview with broadcaster Oprah Winfrey included the extraordinary accusation from her that the palace had been ‘perpetuating falsehoods’ about her and Harry.

However past recriminations in regards to the bullying claims, the main target is shifting to the function performed in the entire sorry saga by palace servants and who knew what and when.

That has positioned the smooth-as-silk Dr Case on the centre of the drama. But it surely additionally includes different figures, a few of them American-born just like the duchess.

The story begins in October 2018 when, behind palace doorways, the glow of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Windsor wedding ceremony simply 5 months earlier had lengthy handed.  Insiders had been already describing Meghan as ‘Duchess Troublesome’.

Regardless of the constructive headlines of their first main abroad tour to Australia there have been claims that her calls for had diminished not less than one member of workers to tears.

As the person in control of the couple’s public picture, Jason Knauf was so alarmed by what he had discovered that he set it down in an electronic mail, writing: ‘I’m very involved that the duchess was capable of bully two PAs out of the family prior to now 12 months. The remedy of (X) was completely unacceptable.

‘The duchess appears intent on at all times having somebody in her sights. She is bullying (Y) and looking for to undermine her confidence. We’ve had report after report from individuals who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour in direction of (Y).’

In the identical message, Mr Knauf expressed concern in regards to the stress skilled by Samantha Cohen, the couple’s personal secretary, a veteran of the Queen’s workplace and a extremely regarded palace operator.

Why Mr Knauf wrote to Dr Case when technically Miss Cohen was his line supervisor is unclear. However presumably it’s defined by the truth that Australian-born Miss Cohen featured within the content material.

Though Dr Case had no managerial accountability for Harry’s workers, he was mentioned to take a detailed curiosity in what was occurring at a time when the strains between Harry and William had been starting to trigger actual concern on the palace.

He and Mr Knauf had a detailed working relationship as he was additionally communications chief for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In response to stories, Dr Case prompt the e-mail ought to be handed to Samantha Carruthers, human sources director for the Prince of Wales at Clarence Home.

As Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall funds each Harry and William’s workers, HR comes below his management.

Some imagine that by passing the entire thing to human sources Dr Case was successfully washing his arms of the issue.

In the meantime, Mr Knauf mentioned he had already consulted Miss Carruthers – who now works for media determine Elisabeth Murdoch – and that she ‘agreed with me on all counts that the scenario was very severe’.

However he added pointedly: ‘I stay involved that nothing might be finished.’

What appears past doubt is that the criticism about Meghan’s behaviour reached HR however it’s unclear why it went no additional. Was it a deliberate cover-up – or a concerted try to bend over backwards to accommodate the duchess?

Figures near the motion at the moment say that there was a view that the claims of bullying have lengthy been a characteristic of royal life.

As a courtier observes: ‘Working for the royals is a really unusual job. It tends to draw social misfits and people from army backgrounds used to taking orders, however not everybody can deal with it.

‘Only a few circumstances are made public and victims are normally paid off and made to signal a non-disclosure settlement.’

The palace inquiry will attempt to unravel the Knauf criticism. The one query it might want to reply is whether or not it was taken to a better degree within the royal family or, as Mr Knauf clearly believed, was merely ignored.

How ironic if the latter is the case. This might counsel the very folks whom Meghan has complained had been out to destroy her, the ‘males in gray fits’ had been really the figures defending her. 

Jason Knauf (pictured) the press secretary at Kensington Palace

Samantha Carruthers head of HR at Kensington Palace

As the person in control of the couple’s public picture, Jason Knauf (pictured left) was so alarmed by what he had discovered that he set it down in an electronic mail, writing: ‘I’m very involved that the duchess was capable of bully two PAs out of the family prior to now 12 months. The remedy of (X) was completely unacceptable. Pictured proper: Samantha Carruthers head of HR

Palace ‘will not rush’ inquiry into Meghan Markle bullying allegations

By Day by day Mail Reporter 

The Buckingham Palace inquiry into claims that Harry and Meghan bullied their workers might not launch its findings till subsequent 12 months.

The Queen launched the probe into the behaviour of her grandson and his spouse following allegations they inflicted ‘emotional cruelty’ on aides and ‘drove them out’.

Royal sources mentioned they’ve set ‘no timeframe’ for the investigation, which may see as many as 12 folks give proof.

Whereas they careworn that any ensuing modifications to office practices might be made public within the annual Sovereign Grant report, they may not say whether or not it might be on this 12 months’s overview or the following.

A supply mentioned: ‘There might be no push to hurry by way of this. It’s a very delicate difficulty. The very fact we’re doing this and have made clear we’re very involved in regards to the allegations exhibits how significantly that is being taken.’

They added: ‘It is a “classes discovered” train, to coach us about what occurred. However insurance policies will clearly change ought to or not it’s discovered that they should.’ Harry and Meghan, who deny the accusations, is not going to be requested to contribute at this stage.

 

All the identical, it’s vital that the criticism ought to have been made by Jason Knauf.

American-born with a liberal outlook, he was educated on the London College of Economics and a college in New Zealand.

If anybody may perceive how troublesome it may very well be for a contemporary, opinionated and socially conscious younger girl like fellow American Meghan to regulate to royal life, it absolutely could be Mr Knauf. 

The truth that she ought to find yourself antagonising him, an instinctive supporter, suggests the duchess’s behaviour was worthy of censure. 

Not lengthy after he despatched his electronic mail, a restructuring of Harry and Meghan’s workers – which appeared to occur often – one other American determine arrived to exchange him.

This was Sara Latham, a former aide to Hillary Clinton who had labored on the highest degree within the UK Authorities. With twin British and US citizenship, she appeared ultimate – not simply to handle Meghan’s PR, however as a sounding board because the duchess adjusted to life as a royal.

But it surely too proved to not be a profitable relationship. For palace outdated arms, courtiers can’t be blamed.

‘Meghan arrived having no thought of monarchy and the way it rests on public approval and punctiliously calibrated deference,’ says a determine near Charles.

‘When she met Harry his recognition was hovering. She had no thought she could be taking part in second fiddle and even third fiddle after Charles and William and Kate. 

‘She thought she was marrying the equal of Robbie Williams in his Glastonbury days after his break up from Take That. However the royals aren’t Hollywood and superstar, respect needs to be earned and he or she didn’t like that.’

A spokesman for the Sussexes informed The Occasions they had been the victims of a ‘calculated smear marketing campaign primarily based on deceptive and dangerous info’ including that the duchess was ‘saddened by this newest assault on her character, significantly as somebody who has been the goal of bullying herself and is deeply dedicated to supporting those that have skilled ache and trauma’.

As for Simon Case, there should be the queasiest of emotions that these silky expertise honed within the civil service may have been put to higher use to stop a petty royal drama turning into an existential disaster that as we speak threatens the very cloth of the monarchy.

Meghan takes facet swipe at ‘The Agency’ as she accuses Royal Household of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’ in her TV onslaught

By Rebecca English, Royal Editor for the Day by day Mail

Palace aides had been braced for an explosive fallout from the Duchess of Sussex’s ‘tell-all’ Oprah interview final evening after the primary full clip confirmed her accusing the Royal Household of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’ about her and Harry.

Within the clip launched by CBS, the US broadcaster that can air her two-hour bombshell discuss with chat present host Oprah Winfrey, Meghan makes it clear she is not going to be ‘silenced by The Agency’, a catch-all time period for the Royal Household.

To a background of dramatic music, Miss Winfrey asks her: ‘How do you are feeling in regards to the Palace listening to you communicate your reality as we speak?’

Stony confronted, Meghan replies: ‘I don’t know the way they may count on that in any case of this time we’d nonetheless simply be silent if there may be an energetic function that The Agency is taking part in in perpetuating falsehoods about us.’ 

In the clip released by CBS, the US broadcaster that will air her two-hour bombshell talk with chat show host Oprah Winfrey, Meghan makes it clear she will not be ‘silenced by The Firm’, a catch-all term for the Royal Family

Within the clip launched by CBS, the US broadcaster that can air her two-hour bombshell discuss with chat present host Oprah Winfrey, Meghan makes it clear she is not going to be ‘silenced by The Agency’, a catch-all time period for the Royal Household

Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview to be broadcast in 70 international locations in offers consultants say are value ‘a king’s ransom’ 

By Daniel Bates in New York for the Day by day Mail 

Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey might be broadcast in additional than 70 international locations in offers consultants say might be value ‘a king’s ransom’.

Sources near the couple yesterday mentioned the interview will exit in America on Sunday evening as deliberate, regardless of requires it to be postponed whereas the Duke of Edinburgh is significantly sick in hospital.

US tv community CBS introduced that it’s syndicating the two-hour particular to dozens of nations.

International locations that can display the present embrace Britain, Australia, Canada, about 40 nations in sub-Saharan Africa and even Iceland.

Extra international locations might be introduced within the coming days below preparations that consultants say may earn tens of hundreds of thousands of kilos for CBS. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are usually not being paid for the interview and won’t obtain a slice of the syndication earnings, the manufacturing firm, owned by Miss Winfrey, mentioned.

CBS is alleged to be charging advertisers £150,000 for a 30-second slot – which means they may rake in hundreds of thousands over the course of the printed alone.

PR insider Mark Borkowski mentioned: ‘With 70 international locations, a conservative estimate is that that is going to make tens of hundreds of thousands. I can’t see something lower than that.

‘You’re a king’s ransom and it’s going to be an enormous payday for CBS. The final occasion on a scale like this was in all probability Meghan’s personal wedding ceremony.

‘If it had been exterior of Covid and the ravages of that on the advert business it may need been a much bigger deal, but it surely’s nonetheless going to be an enormous piece of content material to have.’

The size of the sale implies that tons of of hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe may see the interview, the sort of viewers related to occasions such because the Olympics. It should first be seen on CBS on Sunday evening. In Britain, ITV is alleged to have paid £1million to indicate the interview right here on Monday evening.

A supply near the couple mentioned the timing of the printed was now out of their arms. The supply mentioned: ‘There are lots of people who’re going to speak about this till the programme airs, however the programming and all the remainder of it’s in the end as much as CBS. We’re not concerned in that facet of issues.

‘Because it stands, I don’t assume there may be any intention from the programme maker to vary its air date.’

Tory MP Bob Blackman mentioned the interview was merely ‘inappropriate’.

He added: ‘To be doing a tell-all interview screened within the UK when Philip is in hospital…they’re badly suggested, to place it mildly.

‘None of those royal interviews have gone nicely…and I can’t see this going any higher.’

Talking within the backyard of a pal’s Californian mansion, she provides: ‘And if that comes with threat of shedding issues, I imply, I … there’s a lot that has been misplaced already.’

The prime-time interview might be aired in additional than 70 international locations, together with the UK the place ITV is believed to have spent near £1million to broadcast it.

Palace aides had been already making ready to ‘conceal behind the couch’, fearful that Meghan will use the interview to settle perceived scores with the monarchy.

They knew that senior courtiers – the so-called ‘males in gray fits’ – would very a lot be within the line of fireside. The couple have already loudly complained about what they perceived as their lack of assist and even wildly accused them of actively plotting their downfall.

However sources near the Sussexes had been additionally busily briefing, anonymously, that Meghan didn’t intend to disrespect the Queen.

Nevertheless, it now seems it may have an effect paying homage to Princess Diana’s notorious ‘there have been three of us within the marriage’ Panorama interview with Martin Bashir, which triggered a full-scale Royal Household disaster.

Whereas the Palace has refused to touch upon Meghan’s resolution to talk about her time as a working royal, saying it doesn’t want to become involved within the ‘circus round a media interview’, it’s clear that senior officers are indignant on the suggestion that anybody within the royal family – not to mention senior royals – ever got down to malign her.

On Wednesday additionally they reacted angrily to additional strategies by a spokesman for the Sussexes that they had been behind a ‘calculated smear marketing campaign primarily based on deceptive and dangerous info’ which noticed accusations of bullying levelled in opposition to Meghan in The Occasions by former aides.

The paper revealed a criticism that the duchess had ‘pushed out’ two PAs along with her behaviour and focused different members of workers was raised by her personal head of communications in October 2018. However nothing, it seems, was ever finished.

One of many senior aides who was made conscious of the bullying accusations was Simon Case, who was then Prince William’s personal secretary and is now Cupboard Secretary.

Downing Avenue mentioned yesterday that Boris Johnson had full confidence in Dr Case. A spokesman mentioned it was ‘a matter for the Palace’.

The Sussex workforce have sensationally claimed The Occasions was ‘being utilized by Buckingham Palace to hawk an entirely false narrative’ forward of her Oprah interview.

Sources have informed the Day by day Mail the ‘disgusting’ suggestion is ‘absolute unfaithful and totally baseless’.

The Queen has ordered an unprecedented inquiry into the claims that her grandson and his spouse inflicted ‘emotional cruelty’ on workers.

Palace insiders are significantly pissed off by latest occasions as they imagine they did every part they may to assist the couple – giving them a hand-picked workforce of loyal workers, hundreds of thousands in funding and even allowed them to selected no matter dwelling they needed.

They’re additionally all too conscious, sources say, of how Meghan and Harry have accused ‘just about everybody they’ve come into contact with’ of leaking tales in opposition to them at one time or one other.

This, remarkably, contains senior royals such because the Duchess of Cambridge and Harry’s stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, to senior officers in each royal family – together with their very own close-knit and constant workforce. ‘All completely false,’ one supply mentioned. 

On Wednesday they also reacted angrily to further suggestions by a spokesman for the Sussexes that they were behind a ‘calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful information’ which saw accusations of bullying levelled against Meghan in The Times by former aides

On Wednesday additionally they reacted angrily to additional strategies by a spokesman for the Sussexes that they had been behind a ‘calculated smear marketing campaign primarily based on deceptive and dangerous info’ which noticed accusations of bullying levelled in opposition to Meghan in The Occasions by former aides

The Sussex team have sensationally claimed The Times was ‘being used by Buckingham Palace to peddle a wholly false narrative’ ahead of her Oprah interview

The Sussex workforce have sensationally claimed The Occasions was ‘being utilized by Buckingham Palace to hawk an entirely false narrative’ forward of her Oprah interview

One insider mentioned: ‘It’s all a bit unedifying and ridiculous. If anybody within the Palace was orchestrating or peddling a marketing campaign of misinformation to smear them they might consider one thing higher than accusations of bullying that the establishment itself doesn’t come out nicely from. Buckingham Palace are decided to attempt to preserve a dignified silence on the interview and the furore round it.’ 

However writing for Harper’s Bazaar, a US journal that prides itself on publishing constructive protection of Meghan, Omid Scobie, the creator of the Sussexes’ controversial biography Discovering Freedom, this week accused Palace workers of a ‘takedown’ of Meghan’s character.

He quoted a pal as saying: ‘Harry and Meghan knew that it might get ugly within the run-up [to the Oprah special], however seeing such an apparent try at destroying her character was distressing and upsetting.’ 

Charity boss who labored carefully with Duchess is besieged for saying ‘hurting the Queen in public is admittedly low’

By Rebecca English, Royal Editor for the Day by day Mail

A charity govt who has labored carefully with the Duchess of Sussex was hounded on Twitter yesterday after posting: ‘Hurting the Queen in public is admittedly low.’

Kate Robertson, who based One Younger World, mentioned the duchess ought to kind out her grievances ‘in individual privately’ and praised the monarch for being the ‘world’s most beautiful instance of public service’.

However Mrs Robertson deleted her tweet three hours later after she was trolled by ‘followers’ of the Sussexes and mentioned she had been ‘unduly vital of individuals I love, care about and have labored with for a very long time’.

Her first message – after the Sussexes took a swipe at Buckingham Palace – was posted at 8.18am and skim: ‘Not having any of it. The Queen is the world’s most beautiful instance of responsibility and repair.

‘The Sussexes have grievances however ought to kind out in individual privately. Hurting the Queen in public is admittedly low.’

Meghan’s biographer, Omid Scobie, who wrote final summer time’s controversial Discovering Freedom, then highlighted the message, saying: ‘It looks like that not everyone might be watching [Oprah] on Sunday, together with the founding father of One Younger World, a youth-focused world discussion board that the Duchess of Sussex has been concerned with for years.’

His message sparked a social media ‘pile-on’ with Mrs Robertson being bombarded with indignant messages from fanatical admirers of the duchess.

She subsequently deleted the Tweet and posted: ‘I’m so sorry. I despatched a tweet this morning that was unduly vital of individuals I love, care about and have labored with for a very long time.

‘Individuals have known as me out on it and so they had been proper to take action – we should always all select to contribute to a tradition of kindness. Everybody has the correct to inform their story – that’s what our work is about. This was a very good lesson: commenting on folks’s private lives is flawed. I’m actually sorry.’

Worryingly, even her apology was topic to tons of of messages of abuse from social media customers bizarrely calling themselves ‘the Sussex Squad’, together with a number of demanding her resignation.

Mr Scobie’s tweet that quoted her message was later eliminated. The duchess has supported One Younger World for plenty of years, each earlier than and after her marriage to Harry, and appeared with Mrs Robertson at a number of occasions.

They made headlines in 2019 when Mrs Robertson greeted the duchess on stage with a curtsy, whereas Meghan went in for a heat hug, leading to a clumsy conflict.



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