It has been revealed that an inquest is to be held in to the death of Sir Alastair Aird, who was a private secretary for the Queen Mother in England for decades. Sir Alastair died last month, and it has now been reported that he was suffering from the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma.

There is now speculation that Sir Alastair may have been exposed to the deadly carcinogenic when he was present at a project to remove asbestos from the Queen Mother’s home, Clarence House, in the past, where it is thought that he may have inhaled asbestos dust.

His widow, Fiona, said: ‘Alastair did organise the removal of asbestos from Clarence House but, as far as I can recall, it was all done very safely over two summers, while the Queen Mother was away.’ Speaking of his treatment she added: ‘He had chemotherapy and all sorts of treatments, then professor Lord Darzi did a biopsy and revealed it was malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the internal organs,’

Lady Aird has said that there are no plans to sue the Royal family with regards to asbestos exposure, but an inquest will be held to determine whether the death may have been caused by inhaling asbestos dust during the renovations at Clarence House in the 1990s.

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