Queen Elizabeth is deeply saddened by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, but reportedly harbors no anger toward them.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex caused a stir after their sitdown with Winfrey, which included discussions about the color of their son’s skin, losing royal protection, and the intense pressures that led Markle to contemplate suicide. The revelations shook the royal family but despite the drama, sources told The Sun that the Queen was not furious.
"She is not angry, she is just sad," the insider said. "They have always worried about him (Harry) and the Queen feels very protective about him. They always tried to support him when Meghan came along. They all worried less about him when Meghan was on the scene as he seemed so happy."
In a statement released last week, the Queen said Harry, Markle, and their son, Archie, "will always be much loved family members." She further stated that, although "some recollections may vary," the claims would "be addressed by the family privately," according to People.
It is unclear whether there will be an investigation into the allegations made by Markle and Harry, but Buckingham Palace has reportedly hired an outside law firm to look into a British media report that cited former palace staff members accusing Markle of bullying, CNN reported.
"Our commitment to look into the circumstances around allegations from former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is being taken forward, but we will not be providing a public commentary on it," a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said on Monday.
A spokesperson for the royal couple slammed the bullying claims.
"Let's just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation," the Sussexes' spokesperson said. "We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet."
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