The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are silent as Queen celebrates 70-year reign
Queen declared it was ‘sincere wish’ for Camilla to become Queen consort
The monarch ended years of uncertainty in historic statement on Saturday night
Charles said he was ‘deeply conscious of the honour’ as he praised his mother
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have failed to publicly congratulate the Queen as she celebrates her platinum jubilee a day after requesting that Camilla becomes Queen consort when Prince Charles is made King.
The monarch ended years of uncertainty in an historic Platinum Jubilee statement last night by declaring it was her ‘sincere wish’ for the Duchess of Cornwall to be fully acknowledged when her son takes the throne.
Charles and Camilla were ‘touched and honoured’ by her gesture, Clarence House said today.
And in a statement, Charles added that he was ‘deeply conscious of the honour’ given to his ‘darling wife’ as he congratulated his mother on her 70-year reign.
However, Harry and Meghan are yet to provide any public comment nearly a day on from the Queen’s announcement at 10pm on Saturday.
The couple, who are currently residing in a $14million mansion in California, stepped back from royal duties last year.
The Sussexes abandoned social media as they focused on their new roles in the US, having reportedly become disillusioned by ‘hate’ they received online.
Updates regarding their activities are regularly posted through the Archewell website instead, but the Queen’s grandson is yet to give any reaction to her announcement.
Meghan’s close friend and media ally Omid Scobie has also remained silent.
The couple, who live in Montecito, California, had been expected to offer support to the monarch and seek to mend the rift caused by their 2020 departure from the Firm. Sunday, February 6 marked seven decades since Elizabeth took her place on the throne after the death of her father, King George VI.
The lack of comment caused a furious reaction on Twitter. Responding to the Sussexes’ silence, user @sileif wrote: “No class!” While another simply said the move was “awful”.
It comes despite a source claiming Harry had extended an olive branch to his father last month in a bid to heal their rift ahead of the today’s celebrations.
He is expected to return to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee, which will see the country enjoy a four day bank holiday from June 2 to 5.
It is not known if Meghan Markle, 40, and their children Archie, two, and eight-month-old Lilibet, will be joining him.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also not commented publicly on the Queen’s statement, but did retweet the Royal Family’s post, which included the Queen’s announcement.
They also shared a news story on their joint Instagram account.
In a statement issued today, Charles praised his mother’s ‘devotion to the welfare of all her people’.
He said: ‘On this historic day, my wife and I join you all in congratulating Her Majesty The Queen on the remarkable achievement of serving this nation, the Realms and Commonwealth for seventy years. The Queen’s devotion to the welfare of all her people inspires still greater admiration with each passing year.
‘We are deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother’s wish. As we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.
‘The year of this unprecedented Platinum Jubilee brings an opportunity for us all to come together in celebrating the service of The Queen, by whose example we will continue to be led in the years to come.’
Royal experts have said there is ‘no finer vote of confidence in Camilla’ than the Queen’s statement.
Peter Hunt, a former BBC royal correspondent said: ‘The Queen is ensuring the transition, when it comes, to her son as king is as seamless and trouble free as possible.
‘She’s future-proofing an institution she’s served for seventy years.
‘And for Camilla, the journey from being the third person in a marriage to queen-in-waiting, is complete.’
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said Camilla becoming Queen is the ‘ultimate royal stamp of approval’ Prince Charles has always craved.
The announcement is the clearest sign yet of the Queen’s unswerving and enduring affection for the woman who has secured her eldest son’s happiness.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to her many years of service and said he looked forward to ‘coming together as a country to celebrate her historic reign in the summer’.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May also described the Queen as ‘an extraordinary woman, who has dedicated her life to the service of her people & our family of nations’.
David Cameron thanked the monarch, adding ‘there can be no finer example of dignified public duty and service’.
And Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer expressed his ‘deepest thanks’ for ‘seven decades of unparalleled public service’.
The Queen’s statement also quashed speculation that the 95-year-old might abdicate, as she reiterated her Coronation pledge.
She told her subjects ‘my life will always be devoted to your service’ – and that she would continue to honour that ‘with all my heart’.
In her message to the nation – signed ‘Your Servant, Elizabeth R’ – the Queen said: ‘When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.’