Royal aides are reportedly concerned Meghan Markle will "lay bare" details about the rumoured rift between her and sister-in-law Kate Middleton during her tell-all interview with Oprah.
According to The Sun, aides fear anything Meghan says about her relationship with Kate during the two-hour interview, that is set to air on Monday, could cause substantial 'damage to the monarchy'.
“This is Meghan’s nuclear option,” an insider told the publication ahead of the highly-anticipated sit down with Oprah.
“If she has chosen to speak candidly about her time with Kate then the damage that could be done to the monarchy is vast.
“She has the power to lay bare just how bad things really were between her, Harry, William and Kate.”
There is also concern any new information about potential incidents between them could also deepen tensions between brothers Prince Harry and Prince William.
Interview 'just a sideshow', palace aides claim
On the flip side, some aides believe the interview won't actually make too many waves across the UK, labelling it "a sideshow" as the public and royals face more pressing issues.
While a few snippets, some including scathing comments, have already been released in a series of promotional trailers for the two-hour interview, an insider has claimed most of what is said "will be lost in the mists of time".
"On Monday most people in Britain will be thinking about schools going back, getting the vaccine and, at the Palace particularly, looking forward to the Duke of Edinburgh coming out of hospital," the source told The Mail on Sunday.
"This is just a sideshow."
The exclusive interview is the first time the pair have officially addressed the reasons they stepped away from their roles as senior members of the royal family last year.
Some of the preview clips have already made headlines, including the duchess accusing "The Firm" of "perpetuating falsehoods" about her.
However, palace aides have described the current mood at Buckingham Palace as 'calm', despite the fact they "haven't got a clue what they say in the interview", adding the biggest winner out of the whole spectacle is Oprah.
"History teaches us that only the interviewer wins from these programmes."
Meghan 'ready to talk'
In the most recent preview clip, Meghan said it is liberating to talk for herself and to be able to make her own choices.
"We are on the other side of a lot of life experience that's happened and we have the ability to make our own choices, in a way that I couldn't have said yes to you then, that wasn't my choice to make," she says.
"As an adult who lived a really independent life and to go into this construct that is different that I think what people imagine it to be.
"It's really liberating to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes."
She added: "I’m ready to talk"
In another explosive clip, Oprah asked Meghan "How do you feel about the palace hearing you speak your truth today?”
To which Meghan responds: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent when there is an active role that the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Meghan says
“And if that comes with risk of losing things … there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”
Palace investigates bullying claims against Meghan
Of course, this all comes amid the palace launching an investigation into bullying claims made against Meghan by former staff.
Sources claimed Meghan "drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member" according to The Times.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes responded and said Meghan and Harry are the victims of a calculated smear campaign based on false and harmful information.
In a statement to Town & Country, they said the Duchess was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.
Oprah with Harry and Meghan will air Sunday, March 7 at 8pm in the US, or 3 pm AEDT in Australia, but will be broadcast by Channel 10 at 7:30pm Monday, March 8.
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