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.
Keep calm and carry on.
It must feel to the nonagenarian head of state that no one is paying any attention any more. Maybe it takes years of experience and maturity to see that even the most might of edifices can be tumbled if they are chipped away at enough, and there must be moments that Elizabeth feels alone in seeking to keep everything together.
Maybe, or maybe she only has to look to William and Kate for a bit of royal reassurance. The rest might seem to be going rogue at a rate of knots, but the more they rattle their jewellery, the more solid the second in line to the throne and his commoner wife seem to get.
What solace the British monarch must take in them, though it's quite the duty for one couple to carry.
Elsewhere, however, she must feel she is being let down, particularly as the unhitching of Harry and Meghan continues to unfold. Of course, part of their deal - and that which seemed reasonable and not grabby - was that they would, once they were no longer senior royals, earn their own money.
Yes, yes, Charles continues to support them out of his private income and their eye-wateringly expensive security bill is not their headache, but, otherwise, Harry and Meghan are now supporting themselves. Which sounds admirable, although their first major commercial outing last week didn't exactly earn them popularity points.
Their recent paid appearance at an event for JP Morgan bank, held in Miami and to which, it was reported, they flew on a private jet, is said to have earned them up to £1m.
Harry spoke to the hundreds of assembled rich folk about mental health, and, specifically, the fact that he has been in therapy for almost a decade, attempting to heal the scars left by his mother's death and the manner in which it was handled for him as a 12-year-old boy.
Naturally, there were immediate mutterings about the hypocrisy of taking a private jet despite their environmental concerns, and, obviously, Piers Morgan slated them as shameless self-promoters, but criticism didn't just come from the usual quarters.
Surprisingly, there was American backlash too - in the same week that Harry and Meghan let go their 15 staff in the UK, a sure sign that they have no plans to spend significant time there soon. The US, however, was supposed to be their safe space, where their 'stepping down' as senior royals would be applauded rather than considered a shirking of duty.
And Harry was applauded by the crowd gathered by JP Morgan, but in the New York Post, he and Meghan were called freeloaders and what is becoming his propensity for bringing up his mother was called into question. In particular, attention was drawn to Harry's comments last year that he is brought back to Diana's death every time he hears the click of a camera.
"But for the right price, he'll dredge up all that deeply personal emotional chaos, held sacred for decades to a room full of global power brokers," the US journalist wrote, "despite zero chance any of it will elucidate or ameliorate a single real-world problem".
The US journalist also pointed out that Harry and Meghan had barely drawn breath after pleading desire for a simple and private life before they got into the spotlight for the big bucks. In a nutshell, the gloves were suddenly off - on both sides of the Atlantic.
Indeed, in Australia, Germaine Greer was on TV questioning whether Meghan's love for her husband is sincere at all. Admittedly, only Greer, now ensconced in her role as sayer of the unsayable and potentially offensive would dare suggest such a thing, but it's a further signal that it's fair game on one once you've left The Firm fold.
The announcement from Peter Phillips - only son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips - came last week that he and his wife will divorce, after already having a period of separation, though we don't know if there was any heed taken of Queen Elizabeth's advice.
News of the split was rapidly followed by a catalogue of ways in which Phillips - who has never had a royal title or any of the financial props that come with one - has earned his crust. There were wedding photos in Hello!, speculation that they got a deal on their honeymoon in exchange for publicity, and, latterly, ads for Jersey milk on Chinese TV.
It's not very dignified, and was exactly the kind of attention that the monarch counsels her family to avoid. The wrong kind of attention, after all, could build into a very real questioning of just why this very wealthy family needs such generous propping up.
The right kind of attention, however, continues to be attracted by good old William and Kate - the latter increasingly referred to as the new Diana, by dint of her personable and warm way, as opposed to her glamour and tendency to drama. (The drama, it could be said, has been left as Meghan and Harry's department, though it's not necessarily doing them much good.)
The good being done by William and Kate is, ultimately, for the good of the family. It is duty, though they must get something out of their new role as the best little royals in the family.
When they come to Ireland next month, with Galway already announced as part of their tour, they will continue the work. It might not have the glitz of Harry and Meghan's visit in 2018, but it will be warm and they will be welcomed. Slow but steady wins the race, as Queen Elizabeth might also counsel.