By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Queen Elizabeth II ‘was battling cancer’ in the last few months of her life, a new biography has claimed. Gyles Brandreth, a friend of Prince Philip, made the claims about the late monarch in an upcoming biography called ‘Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait’.
The official cause of Queen Elizabeth II was listed as “old age”, but Gyles Brandreth claimed it was actually a rare form of bone marrow cancer that took the Queen Elizbaeth II’s life.
“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,” Gyles Brandreth said.
“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,” the book claimed.
The book also claims the Queen suffered periods of low energy, despite telling aides she was determined to stay busy after her husband Philip’s death in April last year.
In the serialization, Brandreth wrote: “The truth is that Her Majesty always knew that her remaining time was limited. She accepted this with all the grace you’d expect.”
”The public was told very little about the Queen’s health during her reign. In her final year on the throne, she did have to cancel several events due to her health, such as not being able to attend the State Opening of Parliament or the 2021 Festival of Remembrance.”
Despite this, the monarch continued to be busy right up until her last day. Brandreth writes that her royal duties were the best distraction for the Queen after she was widowed in April 2021.
“When Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria retreated from the world. When Prince Philip died, Queen Elizabeth II went towards it,” he said.
“There is no magic formula that will transform sorrow into happiness, but being busy helps,” Brandeth quotes the Queen as saying before she died.