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Queen could spend first Christmas at Windsor in 33 years amid staff ‘revolt’

An uprising among Royal staff may mean the “furious” Queen has to spend Christmas away from Sandringham, it has been claimed.

As the coronavirus pandemic rumbles on and Britain is threatened with a second wave this winter, staff are said to be unhappy about the idea of being stuck in Her Majesty’s bubble for four weeks.

This would mean not seeing their own families for an extended period meaning the 94-year-old monarch could be forced to spend Christmas break at Windsor Castle for the first time in 33 years.

Reports claim the staff – understood to include around 20 cleaners and laundry and maintenance workers – have put their foot down and told HRH “enough is enough”.

“It is absolutely unprecedented. Everybody wants to stay loyal but they feel they’ve been pushed too far by being made to isolate from their families for Christmas,” the insider told The Sun.

The source added: “Discussions are taking place with the team on operational matters but it is too early to speculate on implications for Christmas.”

Even last year’s Christmas preparations didn’t run entirely smoothly, with reports the monarch had to ring Prince Harry herself to see if he was coming for dinner.

Her Majesty’s grandson had been silent on what his plans were and on receiving the unheard of phone call in early November he still waited two days before responding to decline the offer of festivities at Sandringham, it is claimed.

Soon after, he and wife Meghan Markle announced they were quitting the Firm and heading to America. 

The pandemic saw the Queen locked down at Windsor for months with Prince Philip and even her annual summer trip to Balmoral was hampered, as she was said to have largely remained in her own bubble, missing out on family activities.

A ‘Balmoral bubble’ of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s’s staff was said to have tended to them, and family were only permitted accompany them on walks and other socially-distanced activities.

During the Queen’s annual address to the nation on December 25 last year, she spoke of a “testing” 12 months which included Prince Andrew’s car crash Epstein interview on BBC Newsnight.

But even a monarch of her experience couldn’t have foreseen the turmoil ahead in 2020.

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