Queen Elizabeth ‘shared the greatest passion of her life’ with this shut confidant, e-book reveals


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Queen Elizabeth’s 73-year marriage to Prince Philip was well-known to the world, however there was one other particular man within the reigning monarch’s life.

In Season 3 of Netflix’s “The Crown,” audiences had been launched to Porchey, or Lord Porchester, the sovereign’s longtime racing supervisor and one in all her dearest buddies. Their lasting bond is explored in a e-book, written by former Vainness Truthful editor Tina Brown forward of the Platinum Jubilee, titled “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – the Truth and the Turmoil.”

The bombshell e-book explores “the scandals, love affairs, power plays and betrayals” which have rocked the British royals over the last 20 years. It options new revelations primarily based on Brown’s entry to palace insiders.

The bestselling creator beforehand wrote a biography on the Princess of Wales titled “The Diana Chronicles,” which was printed in 2007.


Queen Elizabeth's decades-long friendship with Lord Porchester is explored in Tina Brown's book

Queen Elizabeth’s decades-long friendship with Lord Porchester is explored in Tina Brown’s e-book “The Palace Papers.”
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In an excerpt obtained by Day by day Publish Digital, Brown described how the Earl of Carnarvon, born Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, was one of many queen’s closest confidants all through her decades-long reign.

“The queen shared the greatest passion of her life with someone else,” Brown wrote. “Despite Philip’s love of equestrian sports, he didn’t share his wife’s obsession with the horses themselves. Bloodstock is the subject that brings the queen most alive, and that was the unchallenged realm of her closest male friend, Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, seventh Earl of Carnarvon.”

The aristocrat, who possessed a fortune estimated at $100 million, served because the queen’s racing supervisor for greater than 30 years. He was the son of the sixth earl and his American spouse, Catherine Wendell of New York. Identified to his mates as “Porchey,” he studied at Eton and excelled at boxing. He additionally served with the Royal Horse Guards throughout World Struggle II. He shortly developed a ardour for horse racing from watching his father.

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Porchey might have been a super suitor for the then-princess. Brown wrote that he “was one of those low-key aristocrats much richer than you would expect.”

Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, which was also the location for the television program

Highclere Fortress, the nation seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, which was additionally the placement for the tv program “Downton Abbey.”
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The earl’s household seat is Highclere Fortress, which is now referred to as the set for “Downton Abbey.” In 1988, he opened the fortress to the general public after he realized from a household butler that about 300 Egyptian antiques, purchased by his grandfather, had been hidden away and remained undisturbed in unused rooms for greater than 70 years.

Porchey’s grandfather, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, was sponsored by archeologist Howard Carter within the seek for King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt. He died of blood poisoning after a mosquito chew in 1923, simply 4 months after the tomb’s entrance was discovered.

Porchey’s life eternally modified when he was simply an adolescent. He was requested by George VI to squire his younger daughter, Princess Elizabeth, to race conferences. They shortly bonded over their mutual love of horses and had been referred to as dancing companions. He went to affix the royal’s singing group at Buckingham Palace after the struggle.

“Porchey, as he was known from an earlier title of Lord Porchester, was the queen’s racing manager from 1969 to the end of his life,” Brown wrote. “No one other than family enjoyed the same kind of intimacy with the queen. He was one of the few people who had Her Majesty’s mobile phone number, and called her almost every day with the hot horse news, often holding up the phone at bloodstock sales where he was bidding on her behalf so she could hear the action.”

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Queen Elizabeth and Porchey bonded over their love of horses.

Queen Elizabeth and Porchey bonded over their love of horses.
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“He was her companion at nearly every race, her consigliere on private visits to stud farms in Kentucky, her partner in her obsession with breeding, fettle and form,” she shared. “Their bond was much deeper than racing manager and monarch. They were partners in the pursuit that gave the dutiful queen untrammeled pleasure.”

Brown famous that for years, there was hypothesis that Porchey and Elizabeth had been rather more than mates. It’s a rumor that was additionally fueled by the hit Netflix collection a long time later. Nevertheless, Porchey himself revealed, “Her Majesty is my lifelong best friend.” Over time, royal specialists have additionally insisted that their relationship was platonic and nothing extra.

“The queen’s affinity with Porchey was so deep there were rumors it could have been something more,” wrote Brown. “Once upon a time, London gossips loved to talk about a strong resemblance between Prince Andrew’s coarsely handsome mug and Carnarvon’s, but I see neither likeness nor likelihood there.”

“Porchey more resembled a refined Alfred Molina in a fedora, and was authentically furious when romantic rumors first began to fly,” Brown shared. “He was the queen’s devoted cavaliere servente, ready to defend her to the last and, no doubt, a source of strength when Philip’s restless frustrations left her feeling exposed.”


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, left, talk to racing manager Lord Porchester at Newbury Races, England, Sept. 30, 1969.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, left, speak to racing supervisor Lord Porchester at Newbury Races, England, Sept. 30, 1969.
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In 1956, Porchey adopted in his father’s footsteps and married an American – Jean Margaret Wallop of Wyoming. In 1969, he took cost of the queen’s horse racing enterprise earlier than he inherited the title of earl. He additionally managed his household stud at Highclere, when he took over in 1978.

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Porchey and the queen’s friendship spanned six a long time. Their “lively discussions” about horses had been well-known inside the palace. They remained shut till his demise in 2001 at age 77 from a coronary heart assault. Whereas the queen not often attends funerals outdoors the household she attended his, in addition to his spouse’s when she died in 2019. In the present day Porchey’s son, the eighth Earl of Carnarvon, and his spouse reside at Highclere Fortress.

The queen’s beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, handed away in 2021 at age 99.

This yr, Elizabeth is marking 70 years on the throne. She is anticipated to look on the Buckingham Palace balcony following the Trooping the Color Parade on June 2 and greet the general public alongside senior members of her household.


Queen Elizabeth and Porchey were close friends and nothing more, royal experts have long insisted.

Queen Elizabeth and Porchey had been shut mates and nothing extra, royal specialists have lengthy insisted.
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Buckingham Palace shared that the queen’s attendance at occasions by means of the Platinum Jubilee weekend will doubtless solely be confirmed on “the day itself.”

Regardless of having mobility points, the queen has been making shock appearances throughout the Platinum Jubilee season. She just lately made her first public look in weeks when she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Present, the place she watched her beloved equines carry out. She was additionally the visitor of honor at an equestrian present close to Windsor, the place Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and Helen Mirren had been company.

Quickly after, Elizabeth made an look at a prepare station in London to see a newly accomplished subway line named in her honor.

Buckingham Palace known as the go to “a happy development,” noting that “the organizers were informed of the possibility she may attend.”

The Related Press contribued to this report.


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