After leading the secret services, Andrew Parker, 59, is challenged to manage the institutional crisis that is shaking the British royal house, from Prince Harry to succession.
Going through a critical phase in the history of the British monarchy, Isabel II bets on a new Lord Chamberlain who, among other matters, will be responsible for managing all matters of the royal family. Andrew Parker was chosen and, although he was not a figure close to the palace, he is widely credited, as he was general director of MI5, the UK’s secret services, and knows the secrets of the new employers. Something the queen is aware of, as well as giving her a lot of discretion.
Parker succeeds William Peel and has already taken office, in a replacement that was delayed by the pandemic. Among the various topics at hand, Parker will have to deal with the crisis caused by the move of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the United States, aggravated by the interview they recently gave to Oprah Winfrey. Also the investigation that is pending on Prince André because of the connection to Jeffrey Epstein, the American tycoon convicted of pedophilia and who died in prison, deserves attention.
the baron and the birds
The ex-spy will still have to be aware of the future with regard to succession, because although at 94 years of age the monarch remains active, it is increasingly common to be represented by son Carlos or grandson William. At MI5, Andrew Parker led investigations into events such as the Islamic attacks in the UK in 2017, or the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018.
When Sir Andrew, 58, left the post at MI5, where he entered in 1983, he adopted the title of Baron Parker de Minsmere, in an allusion to the reserve where he likes to watch birds. Now he becomes the highest ranking official in the British Royal House.
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