Queen Elizabeth II was reportedly forced to sleep on a sofa once due to a massive row between her staff.

Her Majesty’s assistant dresser, Peggy Hoath, died at the age of 89 in December. During Hoath’s funeral, a friend shared an extraordinary anecdote about Hoath, who served the young Queen and remained at her side for 35 years.

Hoath’s friends told Rebecca English, a royal correspondent for Daily Mail, how she used to compete with another dresser named May Prentice. The two were reportedly vying for the Queen’s attention and would often argue as they tried to be the top dog.

Most of the time, they competed on good terms, but one time, it got a bit out of hand. While they were staying at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the monarch suddenly turned up in the page’s vestibule, which shocked many.

Queen Elizabeth II was still wrapped in her bedclothes and blanket. “I’ve got to get some sleep,” the monarch said, before settling down on the sofa.

Apparently, Hoath and Prentice were arguing at the top of their voices in a nearby room, and the Queen couldn’t sleep due to the noise. Her Majesty was reportedly very fond of Hoath and didn’t want to criticize her. Everyone just looked at each other and shuffled out of the room to let the Queen sleep.

In related news, it was previously reported that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have separate bedrooms. According to the Queen’s cousin, Lady Pamela Hicks, this is normal for the upper class for personal reasons.

“You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. Then when you are feeling cosy you share your room sometimes,” she explained, adding that it’s lovely to have an option.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh also don’t share beds and cabins when they travel. Brian Hoey wrote in his book, “Not in Front of the Corgis,” that the couple has different bedding preferences.

Queen Elizabeth II liked a longer turn-back on her sheets and blankets and lace trimming on her pillowcases, which the duke doesn’t. Also, Prince Philip is an early riser and doesn’t want to disturb his wife in the morning.

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Then when you are feeling cosy you share your room sometimes while adding that it’s lovely to have an option. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives before the Opening of the Flanders' Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks on Nov. 6, 2014 in London. Getty Imags/Stefan Wermuth