the power behind the throne

noun phrase

: the person who secretly controls a country, organization, etc., by controlling the actions and decisions of the official leader
He's the company president, but his assistant is the (real) power behind the throne.

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“The power behind the throne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20power%20behind%20the%20throne. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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