Queen ‘refuses to sign off Palace response to Oprah interview’

The Queen has refused to sign off on a statement responding to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle' s Oprah Winfrey interview, reports say.

Crisis talks involving the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have been held to address the accusations made by Harry and Meghan during their explosive interview which first aired on CBS on Sunday night in America.

Palace insiders described a mood of "intense personal shock and sadness" as they feel as though the prince has pressed the "nuclear button on his own family" Daily Mail reports.

Staggering claims in the chat which was broadcast in the UK on Monday night by ITV, include a member of the Royal Family asking 'how dark' baby Archie would be and Palace aides lying about Meghan reducing the Duchess of Cambridge to tears.

The Times says Buckingham Palace has prepared a statement which touches on the Royal Family's love for the couple but the Queen wanted it looked at overnight.

Royal staff watched the interview via video link with 'a mounting sense of horror – and sadness' into the early hours of Monday morning, according to the Daily Mail.

The Queen's private secretary Sir Edward Young and Charles's private secretary Clive Alderton are both said to have watched the interview from Buckingham Palace.

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At first thing on Monday, crisis meetings were called for senior officials and senior royals to discuss matters either in person, on the phone, or via video call.

Speaking from Windsor, the Queen joined son Charles and grandson William, who were both in their respective London homes.

Sources told the Mail that household staff felt "angry and let down" by the interview but put a brave face for the sake of the elderly monarch.

One Palace employee said: "Staff are reeling. But there is [also] a strong sense of needing to retain a dignified silence and show kindness and compassion.

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"There's a lot people want to say but no one wins with a tit-for-tat battle.

"Bridges need to be built after all this is over, after all."

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