THE ROYAL FAMILY will “reinvent themselves” in the New Year after 2019 turned out to be an “extremely difficult year” for the monarchy, a royal expert has claimed.
There is no doubt the royals have had a tumultuous year, from Prince Philip’s car crash in January, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s environmental fallout and Prince Andrew’s disastrous interview over his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has warned not to underestimate the power of the monarchy “to reinvent itself when necessary” and has suggested they will come back stronger in the New Year. He cites the 1990s as evidence of the Royal Family’s capability to do just this, a decade marred by Prince Charles admission of infidelity, several royal divorces and Princess Diana’s tragic death.
Speaking to Express.co.uk Mr Fitzwilliams noted 2019 had been “a very difficult year”.
He said: “There is absolutely no debate it has been an extremely difficult year. It has been a very difficult year indeed.
“It has clearly been a very bad year for a very long time, certainly since the 1990s because a series of things went wrong.”
But the royal expert was confident the Royal Family will recover from the negative publicity that has engulfed the monarchy in recent months.
He said: “Don’t ever underestimate the way the Royal Family can reinvent itself when necessary, pull back when necessary and given time they will do just that.
“Look at the 1990s it managed a brilliant recovery.
“So you always have to remember when things have not gone well that in a certain period of time things will go well again.”
He continued: “Don’t neglect the tremendous capability of an institution that dates back over a thousand years.”
Mr Fitzwilliams also noted the Queen has remained “truly remarkable” throughout.”
He said: “There is no doubt that she is the world’s most highly respected head of state.
“Someone who’s dedication to duties beyond doubt.”
The royal expert also added other senior royals have had a very good year, noting the comical video of Princess Anne during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Buckingham Palace earlier this month.
The Queen’s daughter, who is fourteenth in line to the throne, was captured on camera appearing to avoid greeting the President during the NATO reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen appeared to scold Anne for not greeting Mr Trump, but she responds by laughing and shrugging.
Many royal fans found the video hilarious and heaped praise on the princess for such a bold move.
Mr Fitzwilliams said he was fascinated by the video and added: “I found it great fun. You don’t expect that.
“I don’t think it was planned, I think it [the recording]was some sort of accident.”
After the video went viral, it emerged the clip had been widely misinterpreted and was reported Princess Anne did not actually snub President Trump.
Instead, the Queen turned to Anne to see which world leader was next to free, but as the US President was the last guest to be greeted Anne shrugged, raised her hands in the air and said “it’s just me”.