Days after Prince Harry and Meghan Marke’s explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired, it is not known if Queen Elizabeth, 94, has reached out to the couple or not. Now, one royal expert is speaking out to say that when the Queen finally does talk to Harry and Meghan, the talk will be anything but pleasant.
“The queen is a strong woman who understands the importance of duty and service,” Nick Bullen, who is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of True Royalty TV, told Fox News. “She also has never, ever aired out dirty laundry in public. And I think any conversations that do happen, whether it’s happened now or is about to happen, will be a very awkward conversation because the way Harry and Meghan behaved is totally alien to the queen.”
Buckingham Palace responded to the interview two days after it aired in a brief statement.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” read the statement. “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. 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.”
Bullen claimed that palace aides had wanted to release a statement much sooner to dampen the backlash, but the Queen wanted to wait to ensure that the exact right words were used.
“I thought the queen’s statement was totally brilliant and typical of the queen,” Bullen said. “It was short, to the point and completely clear. While recollections vary, she wanted the world to know that Harry, Meghan and Archie are still loved. But I think the phrase ‘some recollections may vary,’ is the most telling. Because we’ve only heard one side of the story so far.”
“How is the royal family feeling today? I think they are probably heartbroken by the performance of the Sussexes, along with what they had said and done,” he added. “I think they are probably dismayed to hear that the Sussexes were treated so badly not just by family members, but also by employees of The Firm. And I think they will be angry, particularly at Harry for speaking for his father and brother, saying that both his father and brother are trapped in this institution.”
Bullen went on to say that emotions within the royal family are likely still running high.
“I think there are so many emotions going on about how they feel as a family,” he said. “If one of your family members goes on television and airs the dirty laundry, there’s no doubt you will get angry. It’s also very damaging to the Windsor brand. It would be very damaging to any business.”
“What’s especially shocking is the fact that William, Kate and Harry have created a foundation based purely on mental health called Heads Together,” Bullen continued. “How can William and Kate be seen as running that charity effectively when their sister-in-law claimed she wanted to kill herself and both the family and palace did nothing about it?”
Bullen was referring to the fact that Meghan claimed to have felt so isolated as a royal that she contemplated killing herself during her pregnancy with her son Archie. Bullen also said that it will likely take the royal family quite some time to recover from the interview, which has been viewed by over fifty million people.
“The Oprah interview was the most explosive royal interview in my lifetime,” he said. “I think it’s definitely bigger than Princess Diana’s Panorama interview 25, 26 years ago. In that interview, Diana really only had her target set on the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles.”
“But in this interview, Harry and Meghan targeted everyone,” Bullen explained. “And as much as they said they were not implicating the Queen in any of this, it’s just not true because she is the head of the institution. They kept calling it ‘The Firm’ and she is the CEO of The Firm. So what does that say about her?”