Dining alone in the Palace
MANY of us imagine that the Royal Family are in daily consultation. In fact, they live surprisingly separate lives.
Members seldom get together during the week, even if they happen to be under the same roof at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen often has her dinner alone in her private apartment, which she serves herself from a hotplate. Philip, until his retirement from public duties, dined downstairs with his private secretary.
At the same time, Edward, before his marriage, might have been having a snack by himself in his rooms.
It would never have occurred to any of them to pick up the internal telephone to organise an impromptu family supper.