The Queen, William, and Charles Are Locked in "Crisis Talks" as the Queen Refuses to Sign Off on a Statement

"Staff are reeling."

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The QueenPrince Charles, and Prince William have reportedly been locked in crisis talks since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's explosive tell-all interview with Oprah, which aired Monday night in the UK. Palace insiders tell The Daily Mail's royal reporter Rebecca English that there's a mood of "intense personal shock and sadness" and people are pretty much spiraling.

"Staff are reeling," a source said. "But there is [also] a strong sense of needing to retain a dignified silence and show kindness and compassion. There's a lot people want to say but no one wins with a tit-for-tat battle. Bridges need to be built after all this is over, after all."

Apparently, palace staff stayed up late on Sunday to watch the interview (the royal family did not watch) and then prepared briefings for the royals. Crisis meetings were then coordinated both in person and over the phone. At this point, Buckingham Palace has prepared a statement that focuses on the royal family's love for Meghan and Harry, but Queen Elizabeth II doesn't want to release it just yet.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles just made his first public appearance in the wake of the tell-all, visiting a vaccine pop-up clinic in London. During his visit, Charles was asked by a reporter "Sir, can I ask, what did you think of the interview?" and he apparently smiled while remaining silent.

It's also been reported that "William is devastated by this interview," and a source close to Prince Charles said he was "despairing over the interview" a few days before it aired. Stay tuned for a comment from Buckingham Palace—if the Queen decides to release one.

Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.