Queen Elizabeth II spent her final years secretly suffering from painful cancer, according to a new biography of the late British monarch.
The queen, who died in September after more than 70 years on the throne, worked through the agony of bone marrow cancer — the most common symptom of which is bone pain, according to “Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait “, a forthcoming biography written by author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.
In the months leading up to her death at the age of 96, there was widespread speculation that the Queen was battling an illness. Her death certificate officially listed her cause of death as “old age.”
“I had heard that the Queen had a form of myeloma – cancer of the bone marrow – which explained her fatigue and weight loss and these ‘mobility problems’ we were often told about in the last year of her life,” Brandreth wrote. in the book, which is serialized by the Daily Mail.
“The most common symptom of myeloma is bone pain, especially in the pelvis and lower back, and multiple myeloma is a disease that often affects the elderly,” the former congressman wrote.
“At present, there is no known cure, but treatment – including drugs that help regulate the immune system and drugs that help prevent bone weakening – can reduce the severity of its symptoms and prolong a patient’s survival by months or two to three years.”
The royal biography highlights the Queen’s stoicism following the death of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021.
She reportedly told a lady-in-waiting that being busy with her royal duties helped her cope with the loss, refusing to give in to the grief.
“My husband would certainly not have approved,” said the Queen. She watched the BBC crime drama “Line of Duty” to keep her spirits up, the book said.
By the fall of last year, however, her doctors urged her to take it easy due to fatigue.
“I have to be reasonable,” she admitted of her declining health.
The book also claims the Queen took no time in deciding to strip Prince Andrew of his royal duties following his interview with the BBC about his relationship with convicted sex predator Jeffrey Epstein in 2019.
“The Queen got a firm grip on things. To use military parlance, there were only a few days between flash and bang. Action was called for and he got it,” a senior courtier reveals in the book.
But she allowed herself to be photographed riding with her “beloved son” the day after he was discharged and advocated having him by her side at Philip’s memorial service.
He apparently listened intently as the Duke of York tried to explain his connection to Epstein, responding with just one word: “Interesting.”