The Queen will 'ignore' Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview 'circus'

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The Queen will not be watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey with sources saying she will go so far as to "ignore" it.

The interview, which has been branded a "circus" by royal courtiers, has fuelled tensions within the royal family and will air in the US on Sunday night, before later airing in the UK on Monday.

The Queen in a grey coat
The Queen will ignore Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive Oprah Winfrey interview with her mind only on 'duty and Prince Philip'. Photo: Getty

The Sunday Times reports Her Majesty will not watch the interview, as her focus is instead on national issues.

"You will see next week Her Majesty has quite a few things going on," a source told the paper. "I don't think anyone should expect Her Majesty to stay up and watch the interview. She won't.

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"What should Monday really be about? Children going back to school, the effectiveness of the vaccine programme - these are the big issues the royal family wants to focus on, not news about the circus that is Oprah and all things Sussex."

Another source added that the Sussexes were undermining the monarchy's work, "The mood in the family is: can everyone just shut the hell up and can we just get on with the day job."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey, which has been branded a "circus" by royal courtiers, has fuelled tensions within the royal family. Photo: Getty

According to the Sunday Express, the Queen's mind is "only on duty and Philip", who has been in hospital for 19 days and recently underwent a successful heart operation.

Reports have also suggested Meghan may expose details of her supposed rift with Kate Middleton, however, an Oprah interview source has reported that Meghan has nothing but "kind words" to say about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

They added that no rifts would be exposed between the two couples.

In extracts from the interview, Meghan criticised the constraints of being a working royal and said it was "liberating" to "say yes" to the request for an interview with Oprah.

She also accuses the royal family of "perpetuating falsehoods" about herself and Harry.

The Sunday Times also reports royal advisors will be "prepared to retaliate with fresh disclosures about the couple's behaviour if the monarchy is attacked" during the interview.

Prince Harry Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey
Palace officials reportedly have no idea what the couple have said to Oprah in the interview. Photo: Harpo Productions

So far, Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the reports.

The Sussexes have been slammed for the timing of their interview given Harry's grandfather Philip is in hospital.

According to sources who spoke to The Mail On Sunday, Palace officials have no idea what the couple have said to Oprah in the interview.

"We haven't got a clue what they say in the interview," they said. "But there is determination not to play their game. There is a very clear sense right from the top that it's best not to react."

In one clip of the interview that was released last week, Meghan called Palace life "almost unsurvivable".

In another, Harry says it's been "unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other", adding he wanted to move to the US with Meghan out of fear of "history repeating itself" in reference to his mother Princess Diana's death.

TV insiders predict the worst is likely yet to come, explaining, "It's not like a movie where all the best bits are in the trailer. In programmes like this, they keep the real bombshells for the show."

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