HAPPILY, the news was good. After a night in a London hospital for what Buckingham Palace described as ‘preliminary investigations’, the Queen was allowed to recuperate at home at Windsor Castle.
As is customary in royal medical bulletins, the palace statement was scant on detail, with no information at all about the nature of the complaint that necessitated her admission to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in the first place.
Officials have always sought to balance the right to privacy of the monarch on matters of her own health with the right of the public to know about the wellbeing of our 95-year-old constitutional head of state.
But by claiming that the Queen was resting at Windsor – a detail instantly relayed to TV viewers, radio listeners and newspaper and news website readers – when in fact she was in hospital, suggests that the thinking of royal officials was not just muddled but dishonest.
No wonder it provoked a howl of protest at how the palace was managing the particulars of the Queen’s current condition.
Commentators yesterday were queuing up to take to the airwaves and social media to question the palace over its approach.
Even Nicholas Witchell, veteran royal correspondent of the BBC and one of the Corporation’s most respected voices, was moved to observe: ‘We weren’t given the complete picture.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Richard Kay