'Reeling': Queen holds crisis talks with Charles and William

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·3-min read

The Queen has reportedly called senior royals in for crisis talks after Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah, and so far refused to sign a statement to release in response.

Buckingham Palace is yet to officially respond to some of the claims that came out of the tell-all, but a royal insider has revealed the family has been left “reeling”.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle
The Queen has reportedly called for crisis talks. Photo: AP

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".

Harry and Meghan shocked the world with their frank, and oftentimes scathing recounting of their experience within the royal family and their decision to take a step back.

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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'.

Now Prince Charles and Prince William have reportedly joined the monarch for talks, as the world eagerly awaits a statement from the palace.

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.

A statement is understood to have been prepared by the palace highlighting the Royal Family's love for the couple, in attempt to avoid tensions mounting further. 

However, according to The Times, the Queen was keen not to rush it out without careful consideration overnight.

William and Harry's relationship with Prince Charles is 'strained'
William and Harry's relationship with Prince Charles is 'strained'

Prince Harry also shared the shocking revelation that his father Charles stopped taking his calls after he and Meghan made their leaving announcement in 2019.

"Because I took matters into my own hands," Prince Harry said.

Before adding one of his priorities was to try and heal the relationship with his father.

Harry reveals Queen's sudden snub

It comes after an unseen clip from the interview was release this morning, in which Harry claims he and Meghan were brutally snubbed after their decision to leave the monarchy in 2020.

Prince Harry revealed the Queen is not able to do whatever she wants, by sharing an illuminating, and savage moment, that a generous invitation was abruptly rescinded.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Harry revealed the Queen resinded an invitation in 2019. Photo Getty

"My grandmother had said the moment you land, come up to Sandringham to have a chat, come for tea and why don't you stay for dinner because it's going to be a long drive and you're going to be exhausted?" Harry recounted to Oprah.

"The moment we landed in the UK I got a message from my private secretary, Fiona at the time, cutting and pasting a message from the Queen's private secretary basically saying, 'Please pass on to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that he cannot come to Norfolk. The Queen is busy, she's busy all week. Do not come up here.'"

"So I rang her from Frogmore that night and said, 'I was thinking of coming anyway but I hear that you're busy?'" he told Oprah.

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