The company is a term that has been used to describe the royal family for decades.
And it’s even used by Meghan Markle in her upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.
But what does that mean exactly? And where does it come from?
Here we take a look at the origins of The Firm and what it represents …
Why are the royals called the Firm?
The Royals have been referred to as “The Firm” in the news and in public for years.
And it is apparently none other than Prince Philip, now 99, who coined the infamous term.
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He apparently described the royal family as a business or a family business when he got married in it.
The Duke of Edinburgh married Queen Elizabeth II in 1947.
Royal biographer Penny Juror explains part of her background in her book The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor.
Here she writes: “Whichever way you look at it, the royal family is big business, though there are more ups and downs than the stock market. Prince Philip calls it “The Firm” and every effort should be made by all royal executives and their powerful associates to avoid even a hint of scandal that could damage the reputation of the family business. “
But it is mentioned many times now to describe the core group of eight high-ranking royals.
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That group has shifted since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals in March 2020.
It is believed that the new ‘company’ now consists of: “Queen and Prince Philip, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne. “
Prince Andrew is also removed from the list because of his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Do the Royals refer to themselves as part of ‘The Firm’?
No. The current senior royals have never publicly referred to themselves as part of The Firm.
However, it is widely speculated that The Queen uses the term privately.
In fact, a source said the Queen selected the company’s eight new members last year.
And that she consciously coordinated a photo opportunity in which all eight were permanently exhibited together.
The sun reported: “The family agrees when it comes to exploring opportunities to work together to identify the causes that matter to them while helping each other and the country.
“They are already working on opportunities for the next year and beyond. Once they are able, all hands will be on deck to make up for lost time.
“The Queen has often said they have to be seen to be believed – that comes from above.”
What did Meghan Markle say about The Firm?
Meghan Markle is believed to be the first family member to use the term in a public setting.
She uses it in a teaser clip for her upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In the clip, Oprah asks her how she thinks Buckingham Palace will react to Meghan telling “her truth”.
Meghan responds frankly, “I don’t know how you can expect that after all this time, if there is an active role The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us, we would still be silent.”
When does the interview with Meghan and Oprah run?
The interview will air for the first time in America on CBS on Sunday, March 7th.
It will then be broadcast in the UK the next day.
This explosive set will air on ITV Monday March 8th at 9pm.
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