Even though Queen Elizabeth II released a statement about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview, it was supposedly Prince Charles who was behind it all, a royal expert claims.
“I think the Prince of Wales has also taken the lead on how the palace has responded,” royal editor Robert Jobson wrote in a piece for Hello! magazine. “The queen is 94 and the Duke of Edinburgh is incapacitated, so he will be trying to placate and learn lessons from this so something can be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction.”
“The royal family like to do things as a team, and if the team is being trashed, they like to react as a unit and a family,” he added.
During the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claimed someone in the royal family was "concerned" over Archie's skin color and that when she was grappling with suicidal thoughts, no one in the institution would help her.
Harry, 36, also spoke about his tense relationship with his father. “He knows what pain feels like, and Archie’s his grandson,” he shared. “I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened. And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
Two days after the interview, Buckingham Palace addressed the allegations.
“The following statement is issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,” the statement, which was shared on social media on Tuesday, March 9, began.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Now, Charles, 72, "feels enormously let down" by the accusations, a source revealed.
"The prince believes in diversity and his actions show that," the insider told PEOPLE. "He was the first person to highlight the Windrush generation [the first mass immigration from the Caribbean to the U.K. in the 1950s] and the contributions they made to British society. He has worked hard for the Muslim community. Of all the members of the royal family, he has taken this issue the most seriously."