Prince Charles is reportedly ‘in a state of despair’ over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During the primetime special, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of allegations against the royal family and the institution.
Among the most jaw-dropping claims were that the duo was financially 'cut off' by the royal family after Megxit, that while Meghan was pregnant one royal expressed concerns over 'how dark' Archie's skin would be, and that the pressures and control she felt under while a working royal lead Meghan to a place where she 'didn't want to live'.
During the interview, Prince Harry also spoke about his relationship with both his father and his brother, Prince William, saying 'there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened' between him and Prince Charles.
Prince Harry also said that he and Prince William’s relationship needs ‘space’ at the moment, but stressed that he will always love his brother.
"I love William to bits, he’s my brother, we’ve been through hell together, we have a shared experience, but we were on different paths.”
"The relationship is space at the moment. And time heals all things, hopefully.”
Now, royal insider Katie Nicholl has written a column for Vanity Fair, claiming Prince Charles has been left gobsmacked over the interview.
“As Vanity Fair reported on Sunday, Harry was emailing his father to justify why he and Meghan had done the interview,” she wrote.
“Charles was said to be ‘in a state of despair’ according to a friend.”
Author and Evening Standard royal editor, Robert Jobson, said Prince Charles will be "deeply hurt" by the comments made by his son and daughter-in-law during their explosive interview.
He said it was "astonishing" that Meghan claimed she would not be able to get help.
Royal editor of the Daily Mirror Russell Myers said: "They will be absolutely devastated."
Queen calls 'crisis talks'
It comes as it’s reported the Queen has reportedly called senior royals in for crisis talks amid the backlash from the interview.
According to the Daily Mail, insiders have described the mood amongst the family as "intense personal shock and sadness", believing Harry has pressed the "nuclear button on his own family".
Royal staff reportedly stayed up until 3am to watch the interview with a "mounting sense of horror", before senior officials and the senior royals were called for in person and phone or video talks.
"Staff are reeling. But there is [also] a strong sense of needing to retain a dignified silence and show kindness and compassion. There’s a lot people want to say but no one wins with a tit-for-tat battle," one source said.
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