Buckingham Palace In Limbo As Queen Elizabeth Refuses To Sign Off On Response To Harry And Meghan's Interview

Buckingham Palace has been paralysed with 'horror and dismay' as Prince Harry stands accused of 'blowing up his family' with his bombshell interview - with the Queen said to have refused to sign off on a statement.

The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William were all locked in crisis talks over how to react to a string of incendiary accusations unleashed by Harry and wife Meghan during a two-hour special with Oprah Winfrey on American TV.

With pressure growing for a statement today, Palace insiders described a mood of 'intense personal shock and sadness' that the prince had pressed the 'nuclear button on his own family'. 'People are just reeling,' a source said.

The couple's interview on CBS late on Sunday night sent shock waves around the world yesterday as the couple laid bare the extent of their rift with the Queen and other senior royals.

They accused an unnamed Royal Family member of racism, suggesting the relative had asked 'how dark' their baby would be; said they had been driven out of Britain, in part, by racism; and accused the Palace machinery of failing to support a 'suicidal' Meghan.

Harry revealed an astonishing rift with his father, saying his family had cut him off financially while suggesting the Queen had been badly advised and had cancelled a meeting scheduled at Sandringham.

Meghan also accused her sister-in-law Kate of making her cry; suggested senior royals plotted to ensure Archie would never have a title or adequate security; and said officials had failed to stand up for the couple against 'racist' commentary, while lying to protect other royals.

A senior Government minister and Boris Johnson ally, Lord [Zac] Goldsmith, echoed the mood of many in royal circles yesterday. Responding to the suggestion that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had 'loaded up a plane and dropped bomb after heavy bomb on Buckingham Palace', he tweeted: 'Not 'Buckingham Palace' – Harry's family. Harry is blowing up his family.'

A statement is understood to have been prepared by Buckingham Palace highlighting the Royal Family's love for the couple, in an attempt to avoid tensions mounting even further. However, the Queen was keen not to rush it out without careful consideration overnight, according to The Times.

As senior officials tried to work out how to respond:

Miss Winfrey said Harry had made clear to her that the unnamed family member who raised 'concerns' about his son's skin colour was not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh;

 New clips from the interview included Harry alleging that the Queen had reneged on a promise to allow him to visit her Sandringham home to discuss his plans, leaving him devastated;

Doubts emerged over Meghan's claim that the couple had been 'married' secretly three days before their multi-million pound Windsor Castle wedding;

 Boris Johnson refused to comment on allegations of racism against the Royal Family, but said he had the 'highest admiration for the Queen';

Hillary Clinton accused the British media of 'outrageous cruelty' toward Meghan, while the White House praised the Duchess of Sussex's courage';

 Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, was preparing to appear on British television today to address his criticism of her;

Another clip showed Harry suggesting his brother William could not ever leave the royal 'system' and 'control' by the tabloid press

A new picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cradling baby Archie today appeared on social media, hours after the couple's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the US.

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