Queen Elizabeth II ‘loved it’ when things went wrong as it ‘spiced up her life’

Queen Elizabeth II “loved” a mishap because they “spiced up her life”.

That is according to Samantha Cohen who worked for the late Queen as a press secretary and then assistant private secretary.

Cohen spoke fondly of her relationship with the monarch in an interview with The Herald Sun, a newspaper based in Australia.

She said: The Queen had no ego, she was so comfortable in herself, yet she loved it when things went wrong.

“If a cake was not cutting, or a plaque didn’t unveil, because everything was so perfectly organised, it spiced her life up when things went wrong.”

Cohen stopped with for the royal household in 2019.

She however says the “best times” were when she accompanied The Queen and Prince Phillip to Australia.

She first visited with the pair in 2002 before returning in 2011 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth.

Cohen, who saw the Queen almost daily for almost a decade, even had her own bedroom at Windsor Castle.

She spoke of being invited to Balmoral and Sandringham with her family. She explained: “The Queen and I used to talk a lot. I miss her, she was a special woman.”

Cohen said her no-nonsense work attitude led to the late Queen nicknaming her “Samantha Panther”.

She also said the monarch was keen to branch out onto the web.

The former aide said: “We did a mock up and showed the Queen what YouTube was. She said: ‘Fantastic’, she was up for it.”

Cohen says she even received a call from the Vatican and White House expressing surprise the Queen had a YouTube channel before them. She was even invited to help Pope Benedict XVI start a channel, reports The Telegraph.

Cohen, who grew up in Brisbane, Australia, started working as a journalist before moving onto the Australian government.

After moving to England, Cohen joined Buckingham Palace as a press officer having responded to an advert in a magazine.

It was then in 2018 she was moved to work as a private secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

But allegedly quit in October 19 after saying it was like “working with teenagers”, a claim she would not comment on says The Herald Sun.

Having left the Royal Family, Cohen joined the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council as chief executive. There she established the Queen’s Green Canopy – a UK-wide tree planting to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

She later went to work as director of office for Boris Johnson, the-then Prime Minister, amid the “partygate” scandal.

She told The Heral Sun it was because there had been “a lot of change.”

But she insists it was working for the Queen that was truly her favourite job. She added: “I loved, loved, loved the job as the Queen’s assistant private secretary. They were happy times because the Queen was in great form.”

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