Roy­als dis­miss re­ports of rift

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

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.”

LEAV­ING Geidt

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