The covert plot of John Major to protect the Royal Family from “intrusive and unacceptable” criticism
According to declassified data, JOHN MAJOR began a campaign of support for the Royal Family after they were subjected to a protracted period of “intrusive and unacceptable” criticism about three decades ago.
1992 is remembered as the year when the Royal Family, led by Her Majesty, was on the verge of collapsing. It was said to be especially traumatic for the Queen, who described it as a “annus horribilis.” “1992 is not a year on which I will look back with unadulterated pleasure,” Her Majesty said in a speech at Guildhall, London, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her accession.
“It has turned out to be a ‘annus horribilis,’ as one of my more sympathetic correspondents put it.
“I have a feeling I’m not the only one who thinks this.”
Princess Anne’s divorce from Captain Mark Phillips was finalized, as was the separation of two of her children – Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York in March and Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in December.
Diana’s autobiography, “Diana: Her True Story,” was released in June of that year, detailing her marital issues.
Finally, a fire broke out in Windsor Castle in November 1992, causing the ceiling of St George’s Hall to fall and several apartments to burn.
Despite the scandals and a continuous period of “intrusive and unpleasant” criticism, the royals emerged stronger – and it was all thanks to former Prime Minister John Major, according to newly found reports.
Mr Major decided there was an urgent need for his Government to express public support for the sovereign, according to confidential Cabinet minutes revealed at the National Archives in 2017.
A memo from a Cabinet meeting on November 26, 1992, provides a rare glimpse into ministerial dealings with Buckingham Palace, detailing how Sir John told his colleagues that the Queen had approached him a few months prior to “consider arrangements by which she could pay the equivalent of income tax on her private income.”
The former Prime Minister stated that “recent unfair media criticism” of the Queen’s exemption from income tax had convinced him to bring forward an announcement that she would pay into the public purse – the first monarch to do so since the monarchy was established. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”