‘No-one else can diffuse’ Prince Harry and Meghan interview aftermath better than the Queen, royal commentator claims

It's been suggested that the Queen's response was very 'carefully thought-out and written'

Queen Elizabeth II visits Hauser & Wirth on March 28, 2019 in Bruton, Somerset, England
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A royal commentator has claimed that “no-one else” can diffuse the aftermath of Prince Harry and Meghan’s shocking Oprah interview “better" than the Queen. 

The Queen’s response to her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview was considered by some to be something that was “carefully and constructively” handled. It was previously suggested the monarch had not been given an advance copy of the astonishing “tell-all” interview prior to it being broadcast. 

During their conversation with Oprah, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made a series of shocking revelations. This included Meghan’s claim that an unnamed member of the Royal Family made comments about their son Archie’s skin color before he was born. Whilst Prince Harry suggested Prince Charles and Prince William were “trapped” in the royal institution, something some have since said was not his "place to say”.

Days after the interview aired, the palace issued an official statement which declared: ‘Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. 

'Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.'

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Now a royal commentator has suggested that many people have respect for the fact that the Queen “chooses her words carefully”.

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What could the Queen’s response to Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview suggest? 

Speaking in an episode of The Telegraph’s Royal Insight video series, royal commentator and Associate Editor Camilla Tominey described the statement as “61 words in the Queen’s name, very carefully thought-out and written”. 

Camilla went on to suggest that this was the “waving of a white flag - and it worked”, as she revealed that until others started to speak about Harry and Meghan more personally following the interview, it almost “cut that story stone dead” and did “draw a line” under it. 

She also discussed how the Queen was responding, despite not being at the “center of these allegations”, after Harry and Meghan made their respect for her clear during their Oprah interview.

“No-one else can diffuse better than HM and that’s why these words come from her,” Camilla explained. “There’s respect, not only for the fact that she chooses her words carefully, but also because this is a 94-year-old woman of great experience who at the end of the day might be Head of State, but is also a great-grandmother dealing with a family crisis.”

“In many respects, it’s when the Queen has stepped forward and showed this kind of emotion that she’s endeared herself to the nation even more,” Camilla explained.

It’s not yet known when the couple might next see Her Majesty. Though it’s thought that Prince Harry will reunite with his brother Prince William later this year for the unveiling of a memorial statue to Princess Diana.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!