Eddie Izzard in staggering Queen snub after claiming monarchy ‘doesn’t make sense’


EDDIE IZZARD – who returns to our screens in ‘Whisky Galore’ – once claimed the monarchy “doesn’t make sense” in a staggering snub of the Queen, unearthed reports show.

The actor has been open about her political views and has even revealed her plans to become a Labour MP.

And her passionate opinions are not limited to politics, as, speaking at a movie premiere in 2017, the 60-year-old did not hold back on revealing exactly how she felt about the modern Royal Family.

She said: “Well, I’m not into royalty. It doesn’t make sense in the 21st century.”

While admitting that she understood that it’s “just what royals do,” she claimed that it is not enough in today’s day and age, indirectly asking the family: “What do you do with your life?”

Eddie Izzard / Royal Family

Eddie Izzard has claimed the monarchy ‘doesn’t make sense in the 21st century’. (Image: Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee. (Image: Getty Images)


However, she went on to make it clear that Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge were not included in the complaints.

The comic said: “Kate and William are doing good stuff. Charlie is doing some interesting stuff.

“I think the kids now, I think Harry, I think William, I think Charles, at least they are trying to do stuff in a different way.

“There are seven billion people in the world, even though they are not all members of Britain, I think that is what people are looking for around the world, real human beings.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Ms Izzard said that Kate and William are not included in her complaints. (Image: Getty Images)

At the time, Ms Izzard had just come off the back of portraying Queen Victoria’s power-hungry son Prince Bertie, who would go on to become Edward VII, In the 2017 film ‘Victoria & Abdul’.

She stars alongside Dame Judi Dench, who reprised her role of the ‘Widow of Windsor’ 20 years after ‘Mrs Brown’ thrust her into stardom.

‘Victoria & Abdul’ tells the story of the former monarch’s late-in-life friendship with an Indian servant, Abdul Karim, who came to England to present her with a coin in 1887 and ended up staying until her death in 1901.

Ms Izzard plays the role of Bertie, who is frustrated at his long wait for the throne and outraged that a foreign servant has gained such power and influence over his mother.

Having spent a lot of time inhabiting the role, the actor did not get a favourable impression of the man who would be king.

At the premiere, she said: “He doesn’t seem to be a particularly nice person, a particularly positive person.

“He is someone who had multiple sexual liaisons all across Europe with different women and I think he was married with kids but it was mainly sex, Dirty Bertie as he was known.

“But in this film it’s not about that, it’s about ambitious Bertie, it’s about ‘Mum, give me the ball’.

Cast of Victoria & Abdul

The cast of Victoria & Abdul in 2017. (Image: Getty Images)

She added: “The relationship between him and his mother, there was no love lost, as we say. He wanted to be king and she was stopping him being king.

“She was eating herself to death as we see at the beginning of the film, and then this guy Abdul Karim turns up, is rather chatty and forward with her, which everyone in the household disapproves of, and this gives her a new lease of life.

“She finds someone who is a soulmate, who is a lover of a non-sexual kind.

“It’s an emotional relationship and Bertie is really p***** off about it. It’s almost not about race, even though racism is in it, anyone who was going to get in his way of his chance to be king is going to annoy him and he’s going to hate them.”

Prince Albert, the eldest son of Queen Victoria.

Prince Bertie, the eldest son of Queen Victoria. (Image: Getty Images)

On Sunday, Ms Izzard will return to our TV screens in the 2016 remake of ‘Whisky Galore’.

It airs on BBC Two at 5pm.


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