The Queen, 94, admitted the Royal Family suffered a horrible year in 1992 during a speech a Guildhall to mark the 40th anniversary of her Accession. Her Majesty said the year was not one she will look back on with “undiluted pleasure” due to the release of Princess Diana’s tell-all book and Prince Andrew’s divorce from Sarah Ferguson. Royal biographer Andrew Morton has since claimed that the Queen had a professional in to help the monarchy with “breathing and relaxing”.
Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine, Mr Morton said: “Princess Margaret did go for psychological counselling and even the Queen herself during her annus horribilis had somebody in to help her with breathing and relaxing.
“In a funny kind of way, the Royal Family have a history of going for help from professional bodies for psychological help.”
Royal experts believe it was the Queen’s dry wit that helped the Royal Family during the crisis.
Speaking on the Channel 5 documentary, The Queen: In Her Own Words, former British ambassador Charles Crawford said: “In a speech during lunch there has to be some humour.
“The people drafting have taken a lot of care and I think the Queen herself will have taken a lot of care to get the tone of it just right.
“She will know perfectly well when reading the papers and they know it’s a terrible year so, why not say it?”
Expert Camilla Tominey added: “The Queen has got quite a dry sense of humour so, I think by…