The Queen is unlikely to watch Oprah Winfrey’s box office interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, but her courtiers told the Sunday Times Her Majesty was “pretty distraught” with the whole affair.
According to a report by British newspaper royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah and well-connected Tim Shipman, Queen Elizabeth II will skip the CBS show (which will air in the UK on Monday on ITV) and instead focus on a series of commitments. this coming week.
Contributors at Buckingham Palace came out swinging in the Sunday paper, calling the special interview a “circus” and saying the Queen was focusing on the “big issues” the country was facing, including the children returning to school amid the lockdown and rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.
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“The mood in the family is this: Can everyone shut up and can we just get on with the daytime work,” a source said. Other British newspapers were informed in the same way on Sunday, and a source told the Mail On Sunday: “On Monday most people in Britain will think about the return from schools, the vaccine and, in particular the palace, eagerly awaiting the Duke of Edinburgh coming out of the hospital. It’s just a show.
The Sunday Times reported that there had been discussions among royal courtiers over removing Prince Harry and Markle from their titles as Duke and Duchess, if the interview ended in a disastrous manner for the Royal Family. However, the Queen is expected to approve such a move and a source close to Her Majesty told the newspaper that this nuclear option “is not up for debate”.
It comes as Buckingham Palace took the unprecedented decision to launch an investigation into the bullying allegations made against Markle in 2018, while she was based at Kensington Palace. The Times Of London obtained an email sent in October 2018 from Jason Knauf, a former communications manager for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in which he claimed that Markle “may have intimidated two AMs out of the house.”
A spokeswoman for the Sussexes told Deadline they were “saddened” by the accusation, which they attributed to a “smear campaign” ahead of the CBS interview airing on Sunday night. In promos for the sit-down, Markle says, “I don’t know how they could expect that after all this time we would just stay silent if there is an active role the company plays in perpetuating it. lies about us. “
CBS broadcasts Oprah with Meghan and Harry at 8 p.m. on Sunday. It will air on ITV in the UK at 9 p.m. Monday.