Queen in ‘constant crisis meetings’ since Prince Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview ‘wreaked havoc’ on Royal Family

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s “tell-all” interview aired last week

Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2020 in Windsor, England
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The Queen has reportedly been in “constant crisis meetings” ever since her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview “wreaked havoc” on the Royal Family. 

The Queen has faced a challenging few weeks following the airing of her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex’s “tell-all” Oprah interview. During the interview, the royal couple made several astonishing revelations. Perhaps the most shocking of these was Meghan’s claim that comments were made by an unnamed member of the Royal Family about her and Prince Harry's son Archie’s skin color before he was born. 

Since then the Queen has responded to the interview. In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the palace said: 'The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

'The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. 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 according to Us Weekly, a source exclusively revealed that the Queen “has barely had any time to herself since the interview” and she has been in “constant crisis meetings”.

Though it’s understood that the Queen has not watched the special, the source suggested that she has been “thoroughly briefed” by Buckingham Palace aides on what was said.

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The source stated: “The queen has always had a soft spot for Harry and looked out for him, so [she] is incredibly hurt and shocked that it has come to this.

“She’s trying to be understanding and see things from Harry’s perspective, but the allegations he and Meghan have made are hard for her to digest. The interview has wreaked havoc on the royal family.”

Since the interview aired, Prince William has also briefly addressed the claims made by his brother and sister-in-law. During a public visit to a school last week, the Duke of Cambridge said: “We are very much not a racist family.”

It’s also been suggested that he and Prince Charles have now spoken to Prince Harry, though the conversations were reportedly “not productive”.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s interview comes after the couple recently confirmed they would not be returning to the Royal Family as working royals. They are currently expecting baby number two and have settled into their new lives in California.

It is not yet known when they might reunite with the wider Royal Family in the future.

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!