Queen Elizabeth informally tasked a former courtier to keep an eye on the Sussexes

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives for a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day in London on March 8, 2019.

Several weeks ago, the Duchess of Sussex did an event at Kings College London for International Women’s Day. The event was a panel discussion between Meghan and several other prominent feminists and women’s rights activists. It was a good event and photo-op save for the fact that Meghan’s dress was too short (sorry, it was). Another reason why the event was interesting? Upon her arrival at Kings College, she was greeted very warmly by Sir Christopher Geidt, the tall bald man in these photos. Geidt seemed super-jazzed to see Meghan, and he greeted her with a very familiar (perhaps overly familiar) cheek kiss. At the time, I suggested that “Baldy is really going in for the kill.” Like, he was shooting his shot with a pregnant duchess. As it turns out, his warmth for Meghan might be a big help in the years to come, because Geidt has been appointed (informally) to “keep an eye” on Meghan and Harry. Oh, he’ll be keeping his eye on Meghan, for sure. From the Daily Mail’s gossip person Eden Confidential:

Having already halted a breakaway bid by Prince Harry and Meghan to create their own household, the Queen has now brought back one of her most loyal lieutenants to ‘keep an eye’ on the ambitious couple. I hear she has quietly appointed Sir Christopher Geidt as her Permanent Lord in Waiting. He resigned as her private secretary after an alleged palace coup two years ago.

‘Her Majesty values Lord Geidt’s wise counsel,’ a courtier tells me. ‘This new role gives him a formal status again.’

It’s a non-political appointment and was made at the Queen’s personal discretion. Geidt will be involved in ceremonial events and greet heads of state, such as President Trump, when they visit Buckingham Palace. Importantly, Sir Christopher will be working closely with the Duchess of Sussex at the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which he is chairman. The Queen made Meghan vice-president of the organisation, which she holds dear, earlier this month.

‘This was all part of the plan to introduce the Duchess to royal life,’ explains the courtier. ‘Lord Geidt will be Her Majesty’s eyes and ears.’

[From The Daily Mail]

As with nearly everything Daily Mail-related, I think this has a purposefully negative and shady slant. I think if Geidt had been appointed to informally help/coach William and Kate, we would be hearing about how the QEII thinks so highly of the Future King and Future Queen that she wanted them to have one of her most loyal and trusted aides as an advisor. That’s how we should see this too – the Queen has “given” several of her most loyal and trusted people to the Sussexes for their temporary use. Besides, I get the feeling that Geidt is already a big fan of Meghan, so he’ll probably be putty in her hands.

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  1. Iknow says:

    It’s obvious the palace, as much as they may not like it, and have had to resort to ‘putting Meghan in her place, sees the benefits of her role in the Royal Family. As much as I think Will and Kate are the future, Meghan has proven to be very shrewd, educated, and a resource.

    • topsy says:

      What is Megan’s ‘place’? Holding her child, standing beside her husband? As a member of the British Royal Family? Her Royal Majesty is no fool and if she asks a friend to be there for her daughter in law (who she seems to really like), who happens to be the wife of her much loved grand-son, what’s wrong with that? A lot of people appear to have a lot invested in Megan failing but it doesn’t look like the Queen of England is one of those people.

    • Case20 says:

      What does it mean to “put Meghan in her place?”

      • Jinjie says:

        To ensure she understands that all members of the Royal Family are only representatives of the Monarch – that there is no such thing as ‘individual’ agendas or individual platforms to push forward. There is ONLY the Monarch whom they represent, they say only what the Monarchy/establishment intends to say and support, nothing more, nothing less.

  2. Melly says:

    That cheek kiss looked awkward af

    • Peg says:

      You have to see the video of it, they were both friendly with one another and seen to know one another very well, he even walked her to the car on her departure.

      • Redgrl says:

        Yeah, that’s just a greeting – we do the double cheek kiss all the time in Quebec- nothing shady or sexual.

  3. ArmchairStylist says:

    It is what it is they’re making sure the Sussexes know and stay in their place by hiring someone to basically babysit them.

    • Toot says:

      This guy was already the chairman of the Queens Commonwealth Trust before Meghan became the VP, and his new appointment has nothing to do with Meghan and Harry, so how exactly is he there to “babysit” Meghan and Harry.

      • Peg says:

        Thank you, people like to believe nonsense.

      • Nikki says:

        Boy, everything the media says about Meghan is totally suspect! Thanks for the info!

      • Mumbles says:

        Yeah the spin was definitely “this guy is going to keep an eye on them” but when you dig a little it isn’t that at all, it makes sense and besides, he seems very genuinely fond of Meghan.

        I’m curious as to how he was kicked out via a “coup” – was this when Charles sort of purged a bunch of old-timers a while back to ease his own transition? Maybe this is a slapback to that.

      • Its Ok says:

        @Mumbles This is definitely a slapback from the Queen to Charles. Geidt was really good at his job. He was fired in 2016. Right about when BP’s press started to go down hill. He shouldn’t have been fired. The woman he appointed left just after Meghan and Harry’s wedding.

      • Megan says:

        Having someone as experienced as Geidt act as an informal adviser suggests to me that HM would like Meghan to scale up faster after her maternity leave.

      • Yvette says:

        How could Charles have anything to do with Geidt’s firing if Geidt was the Queen’s personal secretary? I can’t see Queen Elizabeth allowing that kind of interference.

      • jan90067 says:

        Charles didn’t want TQ’s “person” being in that position. He pressured her to fire Geidt. Samantha Cohen quit because of this (in commiseration, if you will). It was all a power play on Charles’ part.

      • JayneBirkinB says:

        After the Queen’s successful Jubilee and London Olympics, Geidt pulled all the teams together to give a “let’s be unified for the sake of the Queen and
        Crown” speech. It went over like a lead balloon in Charles’ and Andrew’s courts, because Geidt has been the messenger of bad news on behalf of the Queen in the past. They viewed the speech as a power move, disguised as “unity” to control their courts. So separately Andrew and Charles went to the Queen and told her that Geidt had to go, because he offended their staffs. It was fiction, but the Queen felt she had to put family ahead of staff, and Geidt was shown the door sooner than he had planned.

        Now, the Queen is bringing him back through the Commonwealth appointment, in hopes that the offended parties will see the error, as some things have gone wrong in Geidt’s absence.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Nonsense, as is the story of H&M trying to make their own court. People just making things up.

    • Sparkly says:

      What is “their place”, exactly?

      • Sparkly says:

        Harry’s place is sixth, but three of those are minors and not working royals, so he’s actually rather high on the totem pole and doing his job admirably in the face of some nasty opposition. People keep throwing around ‘their place’ like an insult. I never heard such a ruckus about Harry and ‘his place’ before. Why is that?

    • HelloThere says:

      People here are in major denial. Don’t bother with the truth. They’ve even managed to spin a babysitter into proof that Meghan is an asset and everyone is like, totally jellis of her.

      • Olenna says:

        Yes, some anti-Meghan followers who stalk her every move and repeat every negative thing the Fail prints about her are in major denial. So, it’s natural they will misunderstand what the OPs, above, said about Geidt’s appointment to the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust before Meghan was appointed VP and that he’s been appointed TQ’s lord in waiting, not “babysitter” for any of the adult royals. And, yeah, they’re probably a little bit “jellis” of her because she is an asset to the BRF and married their internet boyfriend.

    • Jinjie says:

      The Americans don’t understand the context around this.

  4. lana86 says:

    Lol her face is like , easy , dude

  5. Ira says:

    IIRC, isn’t the queen’s secretary who was appointed to help H&M resigned in solidarity with her boss, this Mr. Geidt?
    I think The Queen bring him back so his former team stay with H&M.

    • Eliza says:

      I’m pretty sure Charles forced him out to begin with. Just odd all around. But QEII gets what QEII wants in the end.

      • Ira says:

        Is there any story why Charles forced him out?

      • Eliza says:

        I’m pretty sure, although someone correct me if I’m incorrect, it was because he wanted to collapse all the houses back into Buckingham palace so Charles, William and Harry would all have to go through the Queens team before action. Charles likes his autonomy.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes, Charles’s autonomy and continuing to let W&K run wild and ignore public criticism seems to be part of it.

        This was the person who was said to advocate, along with HM, for keeping Sophie and Edward on as working royals. To give them high profile assignments in this transition decade as the elders retire/pass. Overriding Charles’s rumored desire to eliminate all other working royals except his direct line.

  6. Well-Wisher says:

    Fact – Sir Geldt is back. He left because of Prince Charles.
    Why? Daily Cancer explanation? or he is trust worthy and professional. No leaks.
    PH &MM delivered. The trip to Ireland helped in the now chaotic Brexit plan with border security in new era. Trade agreements were signed with Fiji etc.
    Why would they need babysitting when the overseas trips are requested by the British Government.

    • Linda says:

      Specifically how did the trip to Ireland help in the brexit shit show?

      • MrsBump says:

        It didn’t ;)
        But let’s not facts get in the way of a good, “Meghan saves the monarchy and Britain” story.

  7. Toot says:

    This new appointment doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Meghan and Harry, greeting heads of state and at ceremonial events, so I don’t know how some are saying he’s there to keep an eye on the Sussexes.

    As for the Commonwealth Trust, he was already the chairman there, and Meghan was just added as the VP, so he may have been involved in helping select her for that position. He seems fond of her just from these pictures, and knows personally her work ethic. Also Samantha Cohen is a Trustee with the Commonwealth Trust too, so she would also know how much Meghan works.

    DM article full of bull as usual.

  8. Case says:

    I agree that it’s likely not as shady as it seems, but rather to help or coach them at events.

  9. Chloe says:

    What a coinky-dink the Daily Fail ran this story right after the rumors of William’s Wandering Royal Member. My poor eyes are rolling! ;)

  10. Rae says:

    I’m so tiired of defending Meghan and Harry with the continued negative press. It’s like no one wants to give them any positive press at times. It’s exasperating, I’m moving more to just going “whatever”.

    I’m glad that neither read a whole lot of online media, because I would be very much questioning my will stay in the RF if I was them. Who would want to if the press and your own family don’t want you?

    • Ira says:

      The Queen wouldn’t bring Guidt back if she doesn’t support H&M. I hope Samantha Cohen would also cancel her resignation and stay with H&M. I prefer they have well-experienced team.

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      @RAE I feel exactly the same way. I stopped trying to defend them on DM as people just wanted to believe what fit their narrative. I came over to this site as it seemed to be more pro Meghan, but now I’m feeling the same way again, what’s the point, let people believe what they want to believe.
      I’m sure Meghan and Harry will be alright, I’m tired of it all.

    • MissyS. says:

      It’s really exhausting. I followed royal stories as an escape from other news, but these nasty and vicious articles have completely ruined what little respect I had for the Royal Family. I pray for Harry and Meghan and hope they will overcome what is clearly a terrible smear campaign meant to destroy their reputations.

  11. Loretta says:

    He will be happy, he looks in love with Meghan LOL

  12. minx says:

    Personally I don’t think it sounds like a bad thing, but the DM has to whip something up.

  13. RoyalBlue says:

    Not a bad thing at all. That kiss is demonstrating familiarity and I think he is a safe person for her. Not to keep an eye on them at all, that is all pure spin.

  14. CheckThatPrivilege says:

    I love her hair styled like that. And what a vibrant woman she is!

  15. Sorella says:

    Hmmm. I don’t think it’s just a Meghan thing. I think BOTH couples, M&H AND W&K likely have people who are keeping eyes on them and reporting on them. Even if the Queen doesn’t appoint them specifically for that, it probably is kind of just assumed. There are probably many behind-the-scenes people who are likely watching and reporting and if not to the Queen directly, there is probably a chain of gossip that stuff makes its way up to her. There is no way the Queen is unaware of anything they are doing, she probably does get some reports, C’mon!! Servants, courtiers etc. are always within ear shot and likely all loyal to HM (or to the tabloids for payola). Bet there are eyes watching everywhere in that world.

  16. Peg says:

    The Queen is freaking 92 yrs old, you think she has time for this nonsense.
    When she is not the protocol police, she is using spies.
    Charles is next in line to the throne, contrary to popular belief Willian is not next in line.

  17. Alyse says:

    If you think her skirts are too short, you would not judge me well lol

  18. Case20 says:

    The desperation of the Daily Mail is Unhinged. It’s as if they fear Meghan more than the elephant in the room…Brexit!!

  19. Peg says:

    Stop it, and watch the darn video, it’s easy to find on YouTube. There was no unease between them.
    When Meghan was leaving and he was behind her, she asked him if he was walking her to the car? And he said yes.
    And they were darn friendly, two people that knew each other well.