Royal correspondent's rant over Buckingham Palace 'secrecy' on Queen's health

The Queen is back at Windsor Castle

10/22/2021 3:20:00 PM

The Queen is back at Windsor Castle

Nicholas Witchell gives his reading of the situation.

SharesMr Witchell said ‘we weren’t given the full picture’ about her majesty’s condition (Picture: BBC/Getty)The BBC’s long-serving royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell has cast doubt on Buckingham Palace’s account of the Queen’s health.In a passionate 90 second broadcast he also accused the palace of allowing misinformation to spread by not immediately coming clean about her admission to hospital.

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The Queen missed a trip to Northern Ireland to spend Wednesday night in’s private King Edward VII’s Hospital where she underwent ‘some preliminary investigations’ by medics.Mr Witchell said it indicated ‘further subsequent investigations’ might follow.

He said the palace line that her majesty is in ‘good spirits’ despite not being at full health was ‘clichéd’ now.The palace announced the cancelled trip, saying the Queen had ‘reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days’.But it was forced into

releasing a statementabout that evening’s hospital trip last night when a tabloid newspaper broke the news.The statement said: ‘Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser thatsupports HTML5 videoAnalysing the situation, Mr Witchell, who has worked as a BBC royal reporter since 1998, said: ‘It’s quite difficult to read.‘We were led to believe on Wednesday by Buckingham Palace that the Queen was resting at Windsor Castle.

‘And as we were being told that – and of course we were relaying this to our viewers and listeners, and newspapers to their readers – in fact she was in hospital undergoing these what are now described as preliminary investigations.Journalist Nicholas Witchell has covered major recent events in the life of the monarchy (Picture: BBC)

The Queen attending the British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday (Picture: Indigo/Getty)‘So we weren’t given the complete picture, and one can understand the palace’s perspective on this. They would say that the Queen is entitled to patient confidentiality, medical privacy, and not withstanding that she’s the head of state and millions of people in this country and around the world will be concerned.

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‘The problem it seems to me is that rumour and misinformation always thrives in the absence of proper accurate and trustworthy information.‘Now, will we get further information from Buckingham Palace today about her condition? I just don’t know but I think we need to recover a bit from what happened on Wednesday.

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The Queen has cancelled a trip overseas due to 'medical reasons'The Palace has said the decision was 'reluctantly' made