Queen Elizabeth was suffering from cancer in the final months of her life according to well-connected author Gyles Brandreth. According to the Daily Mail, Brandreth’s latest book Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait writes: “I had heard that the queen had a form of myeloma bone marrow cancer which would explain her tiredness and weight loss and those ‘mobility issues’ we were often told about during the last year or so of her life.
“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. Currently, there is no known cure, but treatment—including medicines to help regulate the immune system and drugs that help prevent the weakening of the bones—can reduce the severity of its symptoms and extend the patient’s survival by months or two to three years.”
Brandreth reports that the queen had Sunday lunch with the Right Reverend Dr. Iain Greenshields, vicar of the nearby Braemar and Crathie Parish Church, in the days before her death on September 8, 2022. “They talk about the queen’s childhood, her horses, church affairs (she is ‘well up to speed), and her sadness at what is happening in Ukraine.” She also talked with Clive Cox, one of her favorite racehorse trainers, as well as meeting and anointed a new Prime Minister (Boris Johnson) at Balmoral.
That day, a sad picture of the queen was taken.
Brandreth also claims that the queen was not at Prince Philip’s bedside when he died in April 2021, as previously claimed. “That morning, he went to the bathroom, helped by a nurse. When he came back, he said he felt a little faint and wanted help getting back into bed. The nurse called the Duke’s valet and the queen’s page, Paul Whybrew, for help—and he died before the queen could be called,” Brandreth writes. Later in their life, the couple would spend “weeks” without seeing each other, with the queen knowing that Philip did not want to be “fussed over.” The pandemic forced them back into close quarters, which they both enjoyed, according to Brandreth.