It has just been revealed that Queen Elizabeth allegedly once hid in a bush to avoid a controversial palace guest.
This was revealed in the new ITV documentary “Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals,” which stated that the Queen once ducked into a bush to avoid the controversial Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. The documentary recounts Ceaușescu’s 1978 trip to London with his wife Elena, and they were then invited to a sit-down dinner with the royal family.
Though the now-94 year-old Queen has met many controversial world leaders, she was particularly put off by this one.
“The press started to question the foreign secretary,” journalist and filmmaker Robert Hardman explained in the documentary. “Why are we inviting this monster to come to Britain?”
As is tradition, the Queen and her husband Prince Philip greeted Ceaușescu at London’s Victoria train station before escorting him and his wife back to Buckingham Palace.
“On the occasion when they were staying she took the corgis out for a walk in the palace gardens and she could see the Ceaușescus coming the other way,” said Hardman, according to Fox News. “She thought, ‘I really can’t face talking to them,’ so the first and only time in her life, she actually hid in a bush in the palace gardens to avoid her guests.”
British Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen corroborated this version of events when he was also interviewed in the documentary.
“The Queen puts up with many different people, but Ceaușescu was too much for her,” he recalled. “She made it quite plain she didn’t like that visit.”
This comes after the Queen has spent weeks socially isolating amidst the coronavirus pandemic with her 98 year-old husband at Windsor Castle. Insiders say that she has been leaning on her Christian faith during this difficult time.
“Her Christian faith means so much to her, and those rituals of going to church on Sunday and praying in chapel are not happening,” one palace insider said.
“She feels the poignancy, but that does not turn into depression or defeat,” added historian and biographer Robert Lacey. “She sees is in the bigger context of her religious faith and of a God who holds her and her family in his hands. It is the solid and simple faith that sustains the queen.”
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