In the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's shocking interview, Queen Elizabeth II is planning to reach out to the couple in hopes of mending ties.
According to an insider, the royal family is still "reeling" from the allegations made against them, but the Queen is expected to call the duo within the next few days to sort things out.
"The Queen has taken a very measured, sensible approach. She is leading by example," the insider told the Daily Mail. "This is a matter for her and the family to deal with."
Two days after the tell-all aired, Buckingham Palace released a statement in reply, expressing the family is "saddened" to learn of the "challenges" Harry, Meghan and their 22-month-old son Archie were facing. The letter pointed out that "some recollections may vary," but they're taking all claims "very seriously."
Still, the Queen feels she now needs to talk to Harry and Meghan directly. And to ensure no more damage is done, she's issued a "three-line whip," which means Palace staff must remain silent on the situation and are forbidden from talking to the press.
"It is difficult to underestimate how shell-shocked everyone is by what has happened," the insider added. "People are literally reeling from what has happened and some staff would dearly love to publicly rebut some of what has been said about them."
It was reported that the Queen volunteered to be the one to heal the rift since she's still on good terms with Harry. In fact, the father-of-one said so himself during the televised interview.
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"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."
On the other hand, Harry admitted he and older brother Prince William are currently giving each other "space." He also noted his relationship with father Prince Charles is at an all-time low.
"There is a long way to go," acknowledged the insider. "But hopefully things will start to move in the right direction in order for bridges to be built."