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The Queen has ordered her Palace minions into silence and issued a 'three line whip' after the explosive Harry and Meghan interview, it has been reported.
The monarch will reportedly extend an olive branch to her grandson and his wife in an bid to take charge of the fallout from the sensational Oprah interview.
Senior royals are said to still be reeling in the wake of the bombshell interview that dominated headlines earlier this week.
Among the revelations from the recorded US interview already watched by millions of people Meghan claimed racist comments were made to Harry about the colour of his children’s skin.
Oprah revealed that Harry stressed “it was not his grandmother or grandfather who were part of those conversations.”
Now, The Daily Mail reports that an unnamed source said: "It is difficult to underestimate how shell-shocked everyone is by what has happened.
"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.
"But the Queen has taken a very measured, sensible approach. She is leading by example. This is a matter for her and the family to deal with."
The paper said that the Queen has now taken the step of issuing a 'three line whip' in order to prevent her staff discussing the situation publicly.
Calls were made for the Queen to respond to the shocking interview since it first aired on Sunday night, but Buckingham Palace waited until Tuesday night to have their say.
Around 56 hours after the interview ended, a statement issued by the Palace on behalf of the Queen said: "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. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
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"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
Reports say that the monarch will reach out to her grandson and his wife in California and is expected to speak over the phone in the coming days.
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