THE QUEEN is reportedly planning to “ignore” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already spoken to the famous talk show host with the resulting conversation due to be broadcast in a two-hour special on CBS in the US this Sunday before airing a day later the UK and Ireland.
However, according to The Sunday Times, the British monarch has no desire to watch the programme, preferring instead to concentrate on national issues.
The report goes on to say that several royal courtiers have already branded the interview a “circus”.
Elsewhere, the Sunday Express carries the quote that The Queen is focused “only on duty and Philip” with the Duke of Edinburgh currently recovering from a heart operation.
Harry and Meghan had previously faced calls to postpone the broadcast of the interview given Philip’s ailing health but have so far refused to do so.
These latest comments come at the end of a week in which several extracts have already surfaced from the Oprah Winfrey video, including a clip in which Markle appears to criticise “The Firm” for “perpetuating falsehoods” about the couple.
Markle has been warned off making any further statements, however, with The Sunday Times reporting that royal advisers are “prepared to retaliate with fresh disclosures about the couple’s behaviour if the monarchy is attacked.”
Buckingham Palace has so far declined to comment on the reports but has announced plans for an investigation into accusations of bully made against Markle by several aides.
According to The Sun, Markle stands accused of driving two personal assistants out of the palace following a series of altercations during the Sussexes’ tour of Australia in 2018.
Lawyers representing the couple have dismissed the claims as little more than an attempted smear ahead of the Oprah interview.
In an interesting twist, ahead of the interview’s broadcast, The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex will appear in the pre-recorded show called A Celebration For Commonwealth Day, which is marked on Monday.