Victim of Formality

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Even in 1960, when the Queen was heavily pregnant with the Duke of York, she told premier Harold Macmillan that she needed to “revisit” the issue of the family name, which “had been irritating her husband since…1952”. In an article for the current issue of Vanity Fair magazine, the author cites an entry in Macmillan’s diary, in which he wrote: “The Queen only wishes (properly enough) to do something to please her husband - with whom she is desperately in love. “What upsets me … is the Prince’s almost brutal attitude to the Queen over all this.” He added: “I shall never forget what she said to me that Sunday night at Sandringham.” Macmillan passed the problem on to his deputy, Rab Butler, and the lord chancellor Lord Kilmuir. Butler told Macmillan in a telegram that the Queen had “absolutely set her heart” on making a change for Philip’s sake. Miss Bedell Smith writes: “By one account, Butler confided to a friend that Elizabeth had been ‘in tears’.
Queen’s ‘tears’ over Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘brutal’ behaviour - Telegraph

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