The Queen’s dressmaker who was allegedly embroiled in a row with Harry over Meghan’s wedding tiara has been spotted on a Royal estate ahead of Prince Philip‘s funeral next week.
Long-standing confidante Angela Kelly was seen speaking on the phone while unloading items from a car in Windsor, where the Monarch is carrying out two weeks of mourning.
Miss Kelly’s appearance comes as the Royal family plan a funeral for Prince Philip, who died at the Berkshire residence on Friday just two months before his 100th birthday.
Just 30 people – expected to be the duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family – will attend the ceremony while wearing face masks and socially distancing due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Miss Kelly was famously accused of being part of a row with Prince Harry over which tiara Meghan would wear when the couple wed.
The row allegedly resulted in Prince Harry raising his voice at the Queen when he called her and said: ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on. This woman needs to make this work for my future wife.’
Long-standing confidante Angela Kelly was seen speaking on the phone while unloading items from a car in Windsor, where the Monarch is carrying out two weeks of mourning
The Queen and three-times-divorced Miss Kelly (pictured together) – a Roman Catholic crane driver’s daughter from Liverpool – have spent the past 20 years forging an intriguingly close relationship
A source stringently denied that Harry yelled at his grandmother but made no mention of Miss Kelly in their rebuttal.
The Queen and three-times-divorced Miss Kelly – a Roman Catholic crane driver’s daughter from Liverpool – have spent the past 20 years forging an intriguingly close relationship.
The dresser’s influence now extends to the younger Royals – with Prince George christened in a lengthy robe made by Miss Kelly, who learnt sewing from her mother and aunt.
It was a replica of the original Honiton lace and white satin christening robe designed for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841, which has since been worn by almost every member of the Royal Family but has now become too delicate to use.
She is so close to the Monarch that she has written two books with the Queen’s approval and lives in a grace-and-favour home in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The Queen has been spotted ‘nipping in for tea’.
Ms Kelly breaks in Her Majesty’s shoes by wearing them and she is nicknamed AK-47 – a play on her initials and the firepower of the Soviet-era assault rifle.
She says simply: ‘I love the Queen and everything about her. She has allowed me to become closer to her over the years.
Prince Philip died at the Berkshire residence on Friday just two months before his 100th birthday
Miss Kelly (pictured in Windsor) is one of four loyal, discreet and ‘utterly trustworthy’ women of the Queen’s inner circle who are offering crucial support as she faces life without her beloved Philip
‘We talk about clothes, make-up and jewellery. We are two typical women.’
She is one of four loyal, discreet and ‘utterly trustworthy’ women of the Queen’s inner circle who are offering crucial support as she faces life without her beloved Philip.
Also in this core group of confidantes are Princess Anne, the Countess of Wessex and the Queen’s childhood friend Lady Pamela Hicks.
Prince Harry yesterday flew into London‘s Heathrow Airport ahead of the funeral on his first visit to Britain since quitting royal duties and the couple’s bombshell Oprah interview.
The Duke of Sussex was reportedly seen leaving his £11million California mansion on Saturday night in a black Cadillac Escalade to board an early-hours flight from LA, and disembarking a BA plane in chinos, a jacket and black face mask at the west London airport around 10 hours later at 1.15pm GMT yesterday.
The Queen’s car is seen arriving at Windsor Castle after walking her dogs at Frogmore. Along with the rest of the Royal family, she is observing a two-week mourning period
The Queen has described the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured with the Queen in 2007) as ‘having left a huge void in her life’, according to Prince Andrew
Sophie (right) also joined her husband Prince Edward (left) and daughter Lady Louise Windsor (centre) to speak to the media outside the chapel
Harry was met by security off the plane and put into a black Range Rover, before he was reportedly driven to Kensington Palace.
The Sun has claimed he is quarantining at the Christopher Wren-designed Nottingham Cottage, where Harry proposed to Meghan Markle in 2017.
It is just a few yards from the apartment where his brother William lives with his family.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is likely to be at home, was said to be ‘very upset’ and ‘reeling’ over claims the Sussexes made in their Oprah interview, especially claims that the Royal Family is racist.
Experts say their grandfather’s funeral could be the ‘ideal opportunity’ for William and Harry to heal their rift.
The Sunday Times has claimed that he will stay at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, so he can be close to his grandmother.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex (right), has described Prince Philip’s death as ‘so gentle,’ saying ‘it’s just like someone took him by the hand and off he went.’ Sophie was among those attending a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Prince Philip at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King’s Lynn
After Megxit, Frogmore was handed to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who had their first child in February, but they are understood to split their time between the cottage and Kensington Palace.
Both Buckingham Palace and Harry’s LA aides declined to comment on the Duke of Sussex’s location when approached by MailOnline.
Harry can leave quarantine after five days rather than 10 if he provides a negative coronavirus test under the Government’s Test to Release scheme.
However, he will be allowed to attend Philip’s funeral regardless, as official guidelines state those coming in from abroad can leave isolation ‘on compassionate grounds’.
Sources close to the couple said former Suits actress Meghan wanted to join Harry but was advised against travelling by her physician because she is around six months pregnant with their second child – a daughter, due this summer.
The Royal Family has ordered a truce over the contents of the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey to focus on honouring and mourning Philip, who died at the Berkshire residence on Friday just two months before his 100th birthday.
Bouquets pile up at the Norwich Gates of Sandringham, where the Duke of Edinburgh spent much of his retirement before the pandemic
Windsor Castle Wardens stoically stand guard outside the castle as rain begins to fall during a period of eight days of mourning for the Queen and the Royal Family
Harry and Meghan were criticised for accusing the royal family of racism during the CBS special, broadcast by ITV in the UK while Philip was in hospital receiving treatment for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition. Sources say the duke was brief about the content of the interview after he left hospital.
In a short tribute to Philip, the Sussexes wrote on their Archewell organisation website: In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service… you will be greatly missed.’
He was last pictured with Philip in May 2019, when they were seen posing for a photograph with baby Archie at Buckingham Palace.
Harry’s return to the UK ahead of Saturday’s funeral will be his first since March 2020 when he moved to Canada, and will be the first opportunity to reunite with Prince William and his father Prince Charles, who is said to be ‘looking forward’ to a reunion with his son.
Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17, and a national minute’s silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm. The duke will be carried on a specially-modified Land Rover he helped design which Army engineers reportedly prepared after he was admitted to hospital in February.
Just 30 people, expected to be the duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family, will attend his funeral while wearing face masks and socially distancing, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Harry will walk behind the coffin alongside his brother Prince William and the rest of his family at Saturday’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. He will not wear his military uniform after being stripped of his official honorary titles honours, and instead will wear a suit along with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.