How Queen Elizabeth II Was Hit by Charles Honors Scandal and Death Plans Leak Within Days

Queen Elizabeth II death plans leaked from the U.K. government just days before the Monarch was hit by a second scandal at Prince Charles' charity.

The Monarch faced an onslaught over four days last week starting on Friday when U.K. website Politico published leaked details of Operation London Bridge.

The codename relates to preparations for the day the queen, now 95, dies and Prince Charles becomes king.

Civil servants are expecting huge crowds, travel chaos and for London to become "full" for the first time ever, Politico reported.

It described how the Prime Minister and Cabinet will meet Elizabeth's coffin at St Pancras Station and, perhaps most interestingly of all, Prince Charles' will tour Britain within the ten days before the funeral, showing the country there is a new king.

His rise to the throne has been codenamed Operation Spring Tide and the accession committee will meet at 10am the day after the queen's death to proclaim King Charles III.

The proclamation will be announced at St. James' Palace and the Royal Exchange in the City of London, according to Politico.

He will then travel to Scotland three days after her death, Northern Ireland on day 4 and Wales on day 7.

Civil servants will be given a script outlining how they should announce the news to government ministers using the words: "We have just been informed of the death of Her Majesty The Queen."

They will also be required to say that "discretion is required," Politico reported.

However, the leak did not go down well with the U.K. press who quoted sources suggesting the queen had been betrayed.

U.K. tabloid The Daily Mirror ran the headline "How Could They?" while The Daily Express ran with: "No Respect! Palace fury as funeral plans are leaked."

Saturday's MIRROR: How could they? #TomorrowsPapersToday

— Helen Miller (@MsHelicat) September 3, 2021

Saturday's EXPRESS: No respect! #TomorrowsPapersToday

— Helen Miller (@MsHelicat) September 3, 2021

Dickie Arbiter, the queen's former press secretary, wrote in The Daily Express: "Bridge is the suffix code for all such royal arrangements to which the broadcasters have had access for years for planning and logistics, as have the security services, the Mayor of London's office and civil servants.

"That someone has chosen to leak those for the monarch and that Politico has chosen to publish them is not only irresponsible but depressingly insensitive—especially given how the Queen said farewell in April to Prince Philip."

He added: "There is only one word to describe Politico's publication. Grubby."

Even as the ink was drying on the allegations in Saturday morning's papers, editorial teams at two Sunday newspapers were preparing a very different set of royal bombshells.

Prince Charles' trusted aide Michael Fawcett resigned over the weekend as chief executive of the next-in-line's charity empire The Prince's Foundation.

The move came as the organization launched an investigation into allegations he offered to help a Saudi tycoon secure a knighthood and U.K. citizenship in return for charity donations.

The Sunday Times ran allegations Fawcett helped a Saudi billionaire upgrade his OBE honour to a more high ranking CBE before a £1.5 million donation to Charles' foundation.

On the same day, The Mail on Sunday published a letter Fawcett sent to the same tycoon's aide on August 17, 2017.

Quoted in the newspaper, he wrote: "In light of the ongoing and most recent generosity of His Excellency, Sheikh Marei Mubarak Mahfouz bin Mahfouz I am happy to confirm to you, in confidence, that we are willing and happy to support and contribute to the application for Citizenship.

"I can further confirm that we are willing to make [an] application to increase His Excellency's honor from Honorary CBE to that of KBE in accordance with Her Majesty's Honors Committee.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles
Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II arrive for a drinks reception with G7 leaders at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021 in St Austell, Cornwall, England. Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images

"Both of these applications will be made in response to the most recent and anticipated support of the Trust and in connection with his ongoing commitment generally within the United Kingdom. I hope this confirmation is sufficient in allowing us to go forward."

Details of the allegations were reported to the police on Sunday by a former government minister, Norman Baker, and again on Monday by anti-Monarchy campaign group Republic.

The Metropolitan Police last night confirmed they received the complaint and are yet to say whether they will investigate.

All this adds to the queen's existing problems as she prepares to complete the 70th year of her reign in February.

Next year is supposed to be defined by the celebration of her Platinum Jubilee but at the moment the pressures appear to be mounting.

Prince Andrew's Jeffrey Epstein-related sexual abuse and battery lawsuit could potentially be heard next summer, potentially tainting the royals with scandal.

And Prince Harry has a memoir due for publication at the end of 2022 which is expected to, at the very least, repeat his existing attacks on the royals, or potentially add new ones.

Meanwhile, Princess Diana biopic Spencer is due to hit movie theaters this November and early reviews suggest the royals do not come off well.

If that all wasn't enough, The Crown Season Five is set to drop next year too, giving a second dose of Princess Diana's messy divorce from Charles.

And all after the queen said goodbye to her husband of 73 years in April.

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