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buckingham palace plays down 'power struggle' claims

image copyrightpaimage caption sir christopher geidt has been the private secretary to her majesty since 2007 the royal households say they are "committed to supporting the queen", amid reports of a "power struggle" between her majesty's private secretary and the prince of wales. the statement follows claims from the times newspaper that sir christopher geidt was "forced out" by the prince.the bbc understands sir christopher - the queen's most senior and trusted advisor - did not step down willingly.unnamed sources say he left after complaints from prince charles.earlier this year it was confirmed that sir christopher would step down after 10 years in the role. he has held one of the most important jobs in britain since 2007 - advising the queen on political and constitutional matters.the bbc's royal correspondent peter hunt has spoken to several people, inside and outside the ancient institution, who have confirmed this decision was not taken willingly by sir christopher.the senior courtier, who was awarded a second knighthood for his work in preparation for a change of monarch, had been attempting to get all three royal households - of the queen, prince charles and prince william, to work more closely together.but the bbc's peter hunt explained that the queen's eldest son, who turns 70 next year, was wary of any change that might reduce his involvement in the causes he is passionate about.matters came to a head in july when prince charles reportedly told ...