For more than a year now, the palace has been on PR lockdown over one issue and it now appears to be a masterstroke move.
Of all the facts about the Queen, the one that floors me every time I come across it is this: She has never given an interview. Not one. Not ever.
She has met more people than any other human being, ever; sat for dozens and dozens of portraits and her image has appeared on currency on every continent on Earth aside from Antarctica. But she has never, ever sat down opposite even the most fawning of journalists to answer the softest of softball questions.
If there is one lesson Her Majesty can teach us, besides why every woman, monarch or not should buy Hermes scarfs in bulk, it is the power of silence.
And if ever there has been a time in royal history when the 95-year-old has put that philosophy into blistering effect it has been over the last 365-days and change.
Rewind to this time last year and the world was still reeling from the flurry of claims made by Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Dressed in oddly formal get-ups (black for her, grey for him) they did what would once have been unthinkable: They let loose in prime time.
Life inside the palace gates, according to the duo, had involved institutional racism, horrifying indifference to the duchess’ suffering and when they had the temerity to stride off to California to talk about making content, his daddy refused to keep shelling out millions of pounds.
They had never expected their…