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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Royal Scandal

LONDON () -- Scandal hit the royals again Friday with a news report that the queen spurned an invitation to meet hospital authorities to discuss her mentally handicapped cousin's future.

The Daily Express said the hospital where 69-year-old Katherine Bowes-Lyon has been a patient since 1941 is to close next year. Bowes-Lyon is the daughter of the late brother of Queen Mother Elizabeth.

The newspaper said authorities at wrote to the queen and the queen mother -- as Bowes-Lyon's two legal next-of-kin -- to tell them it was closing in March 1997. It said the queen and the queen mother were invited to attend a meeting to discuss Ms. Bowes-Lyon's future but failed to go.