Sad last days. Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is “largely confined” to using a wheelchair behind castle doors, sources have told OK!.
Christopher Biggins, an actor who is friends with many members of the royal family, has said: “I have heard that the reason she’s not doing a lot of the events that she should be doing and cancelling them is because she is in a wheelchair.”
“She doesn’t want to be seen, she’s very proud,” he told British television. “She’s our greatest ever monarch. It’s so very sad and I hope she is able to make her anniversary celebrations.”
"You have to be realistic. [She is] just weeks away from 96, she has accepted her own limitations," said Russell Myers, the royal editor of British newspaper The Daily Mirror, according to a report published on The Royal Observer.
"She’s having issues moving around, [and is] described by people at the Palace as having good days and less good days ... I don’t think we’ll ever see her step back, but we probably will see her less and less."
Royal sources have confirmed to OK! that the Queen — who previously was aided by a walking stick — has progressively gotten worse.
She is also said to be haunted by her late sister Margaret’s appearance in a wheelchair at the Queen Mother's 101st birthday.
A palace insider said: "It's a haunting image and not one the Queen remembers fondly," adding: "The optics were terrible. It was supposed to be about the Queen Mother but all anyone saw was a sadly declining Princess Margaret."
A source told OK!: “She is not well enough.”
The insider added: “The Queen usually turns to her beloved corgis in time of crisis and stress and took them out almost every day after Philip fell ill and then died last year."
"They are an enormous source of solace, so it is a real shame,” the source said.
The Queen, who has owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime, was active until recently. In February, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 in what aides privately described as “hugely worrisome."
"The royals are staying tight-lipped and putting up a good front, but there is zero doubt that this is a hugely worrisome scenario," the source explained of the Queen's recent ailments. "The whole country is rattled."