Palace to ‘issue unique response’ and ‘won’t take Oprah interview lying down’

Buckingham Palace is set to issue a "unique" response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview – and won’t take the allegations "lying down", a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of dramatic claims in their chat with the US TV host.

Meghan claimed that one royal expressed concerns about the colour of Archie’s skin and that she was refused help for suicidal thoughts.

Harry also said that dad Prince Charles had stopped returning his calls and that he and his wife were financially cut off in the first quarter of 2020.

The Queen, Prince William and Charles were locked in crisis talks on Monday, March 8, after the interview was broadcast, the Daily Mail reported.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said Her Majesty would have found the content "hurtful" and does not think officials will go down a "conventional" route.

Reacting to the interview, he told the Daily Star: "You’ve got the problem of how to handle the Sussexes in the coming weeks and months, what happens at royal events, all of this.

"It is a situation that is unbelievable if you think of the high expectations of the marriage."

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He added: "But the Palace I think will take their time and let the fuss continue, which it will.

"It’s a unique interview, and not in a nice way, I think it will get a unique response in some form – but I don’t think it’ll be necessary conventional."

The Queen wants more time to respond before penning a statement, The Times earlier reported.

Officials hope they will "highlight the family’s love and concern for the couple".

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Mr Fitzwilliams said the allegations will be analysed "in-depth" before any formal response is released.

He added: "The Palace will then consider what to do and they will do something…there’s a tremendous amount here so expect the unexpected again.

"I don’t think the palace can or will take this lying down."

Both Charles and William were pictured for the first time after the interview on Tuesday, March 9.

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The Prince of Wales was snapped on a visit to Jesus House church in Brent, north London, to see an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic in action.

Charles chuckled when asked if he had seen Harry and Megan's interview with Oprah.

As he left the clinic, one reporter asked: "Sir, what did you think of the interview?"

After turning to see who had called out, he chuckled and carried on walking.

William was pictured driving through London and appeared as though he had tears in his eyes.

During the Oprah interview, Harry said his dad and brother were still "trapped" within the Royal Family.

He said: "They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that."

At one point, Oprah pressed Harry on his relationship with William.

Harry said: "You know, as I've said before, I love William to bits. He's my brother.

"We've been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But, you know, we're on different paths."

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