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Fresh heartache for Queen as close confidante Anne Fortune FitzRoy Duchess of Grafton dies

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The Queen has been dealt a fresh blow – just months after the death of husband Prince Philip – as a new tragedy left her reeling.

The 95-year-old monarch is mourning the death of Ann Fortune FitzRoy, the Duchess of Grafton, who was known to be one of her closest confidantes and friends.

The Sun reported that the duchess passed away aged 101.

She was one of just two people given the title Mistress of the Robes during the Queen’s reign.

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The Queen And Her Lady-in-waiting The Duchess Of Grafton At The Princess Of Wales Hospital In Birmingham.
The Queen And Her Lady-in-waiting The Duchess Of Grafton At The Princess Of Wales Hospital In Birmingham. Credit: Tim Graham Photo Library via Get

French website Histoires Royales described the duchess as “the most loyal” friend and aide to the Queen.

The death of a friend comes at a difficult time for the royal family – as a bombshell book published in the US made new allegations.

US author Christopher Andersen alleges in his new book Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan that Prince Charles speculated on the colour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children.

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In the book, Andersen writes that Prince Charles said to wife Camilla, “I wonder what the children will look like?”.

When Camilla replied, “well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain”, the book says Charles replied, “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?”, the New York Post’s Page Six website reported.

A spokesman for Clarence House, where Charles and Camilla live, said of the claim: “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”

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A new book alleges Prince Charles asked about the complexion of Harry and Meghan’s future baby. Credit: AP

Harry and Meghan accused a member of the royal family – not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh – of racism in shocking claims made during their Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year.

Meghan said that when she was pregnant with Archie an unnamed member of the royal family raised “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”.

Asked whether there were concerns her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, the duchess said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”

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Pushed by Winfrey on who had those conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding, “I think that would be very damaging to them”.

Harry also refused to give further details.

“That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”

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