Sending a message. In response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's damaging claims against the royal family, Buckingham Palace released a statement on Queen Elizabeth II's behalf — and a source claimed that one line in particular was included to show the couple just how furious the royal family is at their actions.
"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," the statement read. "While 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."
According to the source, the phrase "while some recollections may vary" was an "underlying jab" at the pair.
During the tell-all with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claimed she was "silenced" by the family, while Harry admitted he felt "trapped." The former actress also alleged members of the family had "concerns and conversations about how dark [their son Archie's] skin might be when he's born."
The pair also noted that they reached out for help regarding their mental health, but they were denied any assistance. Meghan even confessed that she wanted to enter a treatment facility since she was experiencing suicidal thoughts, but still, no one offered her any aid.
In the wake of the revelations, an insider claimed the Queen has been in "constant crisis meetings" to try and handle the fallout.
"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 told Us Weekly. "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."
Despite the turmoil, Harry revealed that his relationship with his grandmother is as strong as ever.
"I've spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years," he shared. "My grandmother and I have a really good relationship. And an understanding. And I have a deep respect for her. She's my colonel in chief, right? She always will be."