Royals dismiss reports of rift
The Prince of Wales is “committed to supporting the Queen”, the Royal Family have said, amid a report of an internal rift involving Buckingham Palace and Charles.
T he three Royal households – Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensing ton Palace – released a joint statement f o l lowing newspaper claims of a “power struggle” involving Christopher Geidt, the long- serving private secretary to the Queen.
It was conf irmed in the summer that Geidt, whose role is to act as the channel of communications between the Queen and Downing Street, was due to step down next month after a decade’s service.
But unnamed sources said his departure was h a s t ene d fol lowi ng complaints from Charles and the Duke of York about the transition of power between the Queen and the heir apparent.
The statement said: “While we never comment on the conf ident ia l employment detai ls of i nd i v i d u a l s , it w a s previously announced in July that Sir Christopher Geidt is stepping down after 10 years as private secretary.
“The Prince of Wales and the entire Royal Family are committed to supporting the Queen in whatever way they can at Her Majesty’s request.
“Beyond that, we are not going to engage with a story based on rumours from unnamed sources.”