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Kate and William are the only source of solace as the unhitching of other royals continues to unfold

Sarah Caden


The British monarch needs her family to steady the ship - but only Wills and Kate got the memo, writes Sarah Caden

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the RNLI lifeboat station on Mumbles Pier on February 4, 2020 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Polly Thomas/Getty Images)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the RNLI lifeboat station on Mumbles Pier on February 4, 2020 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Polly Thomas/Getty Images)

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PET SOUNDS: Kate with an alpaca at Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, Co Down, last week

PET SOUNDS: Kate with an alpaca at Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, Co Down, last week

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the RNLI lifeboat station on Mumbles Pier on February 4, 2020 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Polly Thomas/Getty Images)

It was last summer, apparently, that Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn, told his grandmother Queen Elizabeth that they planned to separate. The monarch, it has been reported, counselled them not to rush into anything. Slow down, take your time, give it some consideration.

That was last summer. Before Andrew did Newsnight and had to be stripped of royal duties as a result and before Harry and Meghan decided they wanted out. Despite the fact that she didn't know that either of these royal-PR disasters were down the track, however, the monarch counselled caution.

Don't rock the boat. Don't draw undue attention.