The Queen’s response to grandson Harry and Meghan’s interview was ‘careful and constructive’

Buckingham Palace has released a new statement

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the Royal family attend events to mark the Centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England
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The Queen’s response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview was undertaken ‘carefully and constructively’, former press secretary claims. Buckingham Palace today released a statement on the couple's interview with Ophrah Winfrey, which aired last night in the UK and Sunday night in the US. 

Nearly 24 hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah interview aired in the UK, the Royal Family has released a statement commenting on the couple's revelations.

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace this evening, 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.'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently announced they are expecting baby number two just days before it was confirmed that they would be taking part in the “tell-all” interview with Oprah. The royal couple has now permanently stepped down as working royals and their lives under the royal spotlight were the subject of this sensational TV special.

It was recently suggested that the Queen had not been given an advanced copy of Meghan and Harry’s interview prior to it airing in the US last night. The full interview includes Meghan’s admission that she struggled with her mental health in the first few years after her marriage and a shocking revelation about Archie that made Oprah gasp.

According to The Sun, Katie Nicholl - the royal editor of Vanity Fair - has suggested that royal aides had stayed up through the night to watch the couple’s astonishing interview and that the Queen would be briefed over breakfast the morning after the interview aired in the US. 

Prior to it airing in the US, it was also previously suggested that the Queen wouldn’t be watching the two-hour-long interview. Now Her Majesty's former press secretary Charles Anson has expressed his belief why the 94-year-old monarch did not rush to respond to anything Prince Harry and Meghan shared with Oprah.

He reportedly claimed on BBC Radio 4, “I think they'll want to take it carefully and constructively.

“The Queen's own view on Prince Harry and Meghan was that she was disappointed they wished to step back from public duties but was very much wanting to take account of their wish to lead a more private life, so they went to California very much with the family's best wishes."

This was certainly the sentiment recently expressed in the official Buckingham Palace announcement regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to permanently step back as working royals.

The announcement ended with the heartfelt declaration, ‘While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.’

The couple settled in their new Californian home with son Archie after stepping back as senior royals last year. They are now preparing to welcome a new arrival, with some claiming that their baby could arrive in late spring or early summer 2021. Harry and Meghan even revealed their second child's gender during their Oprah interview. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

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