Anne Diamond fought back tears as she spoke of the Queen having to walk her dogs alone now that Prince Philip has died.
Speaking on Sky News, she explained that millions of Brits and people around the world who feel
“tremendous sympathy for the Queen”, but it hurts the most thinking about her going about her daily life as a widow.
Anne, 66, said: “She will be surrounded by people who want the very best for her always, and she’ll be able to take her corgis out for a brisk walk, which is what she does apparently whenever she needs to get over any trauma.
“But she won’t have him by her side. And that just becomes more and more sad the more you think about it.”
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The Queen will turn 95 next month, and had been married to the Duke of Edinburgh since 1947.
She had first fallen in love with him when she met him as a 13-year-old girl, and he was a young naval cadet.
Their wedding ceremony was broadcast by the BBC to a radio audience of 200 million people around the world, and theirs is the longest marriage of any British monarch.
But while the thought of Her Majesty and her dogs brought Anne to tears, it’s believed that her precious pets have been a great source of comfort.
When 99-year-old Philip was hospitalised in February, it emerged the Queen had two new companions – a dorgi, which is a dachshund-corgi cross, and a corgi.
The dorgi, Fergus, is named after her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed as he led an attack on the Germans during the First World War, while the corgi is named Muick (pronounced “Mick)” after Loch Muick on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.
It is said the Queen had vowed not to get any more dogs after her beloved dorgi Vulcan died last year, leaving her with her elderly dorgi called Candy.
It is thought her two new dogs were gifts, and friends told the Mail on Sunday she will use them to help her cope with her grief following Philip’s death.