Kate and Prince William were hit with hard infidelity rumors when stories swirled about his reported romance with family friend Rose Hanbury.
The Duke had to drive 225 kilometres to the Queen's Norfolk estate from his home at Windsor for the discussion on Monday, hours before a Panorama TV interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre piled more pressure on the Duke. A spokesman from Prince Charles's office told People "there are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 - or any other age".
This remarkable fact is a testament to Queen Elizabeth's stamina as Britain's longest reigning monarch.
Now, a latest report suggests that Queen Elizabeth may consider passing the baton to her heir, Prince Charles, as soon as she turns 95.
Having sworn herself to royal duty since even before she became the sovereign in 1952, the Queen has let it be known that she would never abdicate, never quit, never retire.
So why the speculation and rumours about retirement now?
After his train wreck of a TV interview last month about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew has been shunned by business backers, given the nod to step away from his royal duties, been kicked out of Buckingham Palace, and had his birthday party nixed.
"Stung by suggestions that she has lost her grip, the Queen has insisted she is in charge of dealing with the palace fallout over the recent revelations about the Duke", royal correspondent Richard Palmer of Express wrote.
So why is the Queen's second child so popular with the great British public?
Mr Little added: "I was surprised she would cooperate with something like this [the documentary] but the Queen clearly thinks recognition is due for all her daughter's hard work over the past 50 years".
And then new headlines said Prince Philip, the Queen's 98-year-old husband who retired two years ago, made it clear that Andrew had to go for the sake of saving the monarchy.
Following afternoon tea or a walk with her dogs at Sandringham (where the Queen traditionally stays over Christmas), the Queen, 93, will choose her look for the evening ahead.
Is the public ready for Prince Charles to rule?
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Duke's father, Prince Philip, ordered him to take a step back from royal duties amid the controversy following a tense meeting with him and Prince Charles. "It's not her call - and it's not his call", said Sally Bedell Smith.