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The Queen was crippled by OCD as a kid and only felt safe when things were in order, explosive new book claims

THE Queen suffered crippling OCD as a child, a book claims.

Her Majesty, 94, said she only felt safe when she knew things were in order.

The Queen was ‘crippled by OCD as a child’Getty Images – Getty
Her Majesty only felt safe when she knew things were in order, the new book claimsCorbis – Getty

Her late teacher, Marion Crawford, said the Queen would arrange her pencils into perfectly straight, equally spaced lines. She displayed similar behaviour with her lunch plates.

In her book The Governess, author Wendy Holden writes: “Marion, whose training encompassed child psychology, now realised she was looking at obsessive compulsion.

“This cosseted, regularised environment was the very last place she had expected to find it.

‘Why do you do that?’ she asked Elizabeth.

Prayer and reflection

THE Queen had a ­personal Sunday service at Balmoral after the pandemic forced her to cancel her regular trip to the estate’s church.

She was visited by the Rev Kenneth Mackenzie for “prayer and reflection” — in a session jokily dubbed Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

They are said to have stuck to two-metre social-distancing rules.

The congregation at Balmoral’s Crathie Kirk are having to wear masks and leave their details for contact tracing. Hymn-singing is banned.

Rev Mackenzie said: “We have many people in the parish who are vulnerable and may feel they cannot attend.”

“The princess looked up, staring at her with candid blue eyes.

‘Because it makes me feel safe.’ ‘Safe?’ echoed Marion. ‘Safe from what?'”

But the pair were interrupted when the Queen’s mother walked in and Marion never got an answer.

Princess Elizabeth pictured working on her studies at a desk in Windsor Castle on 22nd June, 1940Getty Images – Getty
Getty Images – Getty

Princesses Elizabeth (left) and Margaret studying with a corgi sleeping at their feet (pictured on 22nd June, 1940)[/caption]

Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret pictured on 15th May, 1939Getty Images – Getty

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