Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ever make amends with the royal family? According to a royal expert, Queen Elizabeth is the only person who can make the scenario better.
“If people within the family are leveling such serious criticisms of the family, who is the one person that can diffuse the situation? The Queen. No one else can diffuse better than HM," royal commentator Camilla Tominey said. “And that's why these words come from her and there's respect not only for the fact that she chooses her words carefully but also because this is a 94 year old woman of great experience, who at the end of the day might be Head of State, but is also a great grandmother dealing with a family crisis — and that appeals to the public.”
This is hardly the first time the monarch has had to deal with family drama. Just one year ago, Meghan and Harry decided to step away from the royal family and move to California. Following the bombshell news, the Queen issued a statement in order to try and "calm things down," Tominey said.
After Princess Diana died in a tragic car crash in 1997, the Queen tried to make things less intense back then, too.
“Let's think back to the criticism of their reaction to Princess Diana's death in 1997," Tominey said. “There's often, you know, a high point of emotion where everyone's talking and it's being played out in the media. And who is the one person that can diffuse the situation? The Queen."
She continued, "So we have that hugely significant televised address where she spoke to the nation both as your Queen and as a grandmother and managed to turn around what had been a huge amount of negative publicity about how the royals had behaved in the face of this national outpouring of grief.”
Two days later, the Queen put out a statement and touched upon 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, the Queen has been in "constant crisis meetings," a source shared.
"The Queen has always had a soft spot for Harry and looked out for him, so [she] is incredibly hurt and shocked that it has come to this," the insider noted. "She’s trying to be understanding and see things from Harry’s perspective, but the allegations he and Meghan have made are hard for her to digest. The interview has wreaked havoc on the royal family."