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Bee, Fly and Wasp… the code names given by Harry in his new book to the Queen’s top aides who helped to negotiate the ‘Megxit deal’

  • Edward Young, Simon Case and Clive Alderton are thought to be referenced
  • They worked with the Queen, William and Charles, respectively 
  • Harry writes that the middle-aged men used ‘Machiavellian manoeuvres’

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The three top palace advisers who helped negotiate the ‘Megxit’ deal are nicknamed The Bee, The Fly, and The Wasp in the book.

The trio are believed to be the private secretaries of the senior royals at the time; respectively, Edward Young, who acted for the Queen, Simon Case, who worked for Prince William, and Clive Alderton for the then Prince Charles.

Harry writes: ‘I’d spent my life dealing with courtiers, scores of them. But now I dealt mostly with just three, all middle-aged white men who’d managed to consolidate power through a series of bold Machiavellian manoeuvres.

‘They had normal names… but they sort more easily into zoological categories. The Bee, The Fly and the Wasp. The Bee was oval-faced and fuzzy and tended to glide around with great equanimity and poise, as if he was a boon to all living things.’

Pictured: Harry and Meghan leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022

Pictured: Harry and Meghan leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022

The Fly had ‘spent much of his career adjacent to and, indeed drawn to, s***. The offal of government and media and wormy entrails, he loved it, grew fat on it, rubbed his hands in glee over it.’

Harry said of The Wasp: ‘Because he seemed so weedy, so self-effacing, you might be tempted to push back, insist on your point, and that was when he’d put you on his list.

‘A short time later, without warning, he’d give you such a stab with his outsized stinger that you’d cry in confusion. Where the f*** did that come from?’

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II, Harry and Meghan watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II, Harry and Meghan watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018

Source: Daily Mail UK

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