The Queen’s head housekeeper at Sandringham has resigned her post after staff refused to form a month-long bubble to allow the royal family to spend Christmas there.
Patricia Earl is said to be “ashamed” of the staff revolt and has resigned.
It has been reported that the staff did not want to be away from their own families for so long during the festive break.
Buckingham Palace has insisted that Mrs. Earl’s departure is “completely amicable”, according to the mirror.
The 56-year-old is a member of the Royal Victorian Order due to her long service as a housekeeper and has worked for the Queen for 32 years, including 14 as head housekeeper.
But the royal family’s traditional Christmas plans have been shaken by the drama.
The Queen, 94, and husband Prince Philip, 99, who are both in the Covid-19 high-risk groups, normally spend the holidays on the Norfolk estate with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
But instead, they will spend a quiet Christmas at Windsor Castle this year, after some servants refused to form a bubble for four weeks, allowing the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to remain safely in Sandringham. Sun on Sundays said today.
Reports say the Queen was “furious” that staff protested.
This is the first time in 32 years that the Queen and Prince Philip will not be in Sandringham during the holiday season.
The monarch usually stays on the estate until after her father’s death. George VI died in Sandringham on February 6, 1952.
It is thought that the Queen and Philip will be alone on Christmas Day, but will see some members of the family during the festive break.
Under current rules, families are allowed to gather in groups of three households of any size for five days at Christmas.
It has also been claimed that the Queen and Philip could receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in weeks and make a public announcement that they had the shot.
The senior royals will ‘wait in line’ for their turn and will not receive preferential treatment, the Mail on Sunday reported.