The Queen fears Meghan Markle will ‘go nuclear’ with ‘no-holds-barred interview’

Courtiers are terrified Meghan and Harry will ‘go nuclear’ and give an interview as damaging to the royal household as the one given by the prince’s mum Princess Diana in 1995

The Queen fears the Duchess of Sussex may air her grievances on royal life in a no-holds-barred’ interview.

A Palace source said it was a “nuclear” option if Harry and Meghan are still unhappy after crisis talks today at Sandringham.

ITV news anchor Tom Bradby, a friend of the couple, said the result “would not be pretty”.

Courtiers are terrified Meghan and Harry will give an interview as damaging to the royal household as the one given by the prince’s mum Princess Diana in 1995.

Diana told Martin Bashir she suffered the eating disorder bulimia and self-harmed while part of “The Firm”, during her marriage to unfaithful Prince Charles.

And courtiers fear Harry and Meghan will brand the royal household “racist and sexist” if they give an interview.

Courtiers are terrified Meghan and Harry will give an interview as damaging to the royal household as the one given by the prince’s mum Princess Diana in 1995 (Image: REUTERS)
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Journalist Tom Bradby said: “I have some idea of what might be aired in a full, no-holds-barred, sit-down interview and I don’t think it would be pretty.”

Talk of an interview is seen as a serious threat to force the hand of the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, who will meet Harry today for the first time since he and Meghan announced they were stepping down as senior royals.

The public on Sunday showed their support for the Queen, applauding her as she left church at Sandringham.

Jean Acton, 70, from Fakenham, Norfolk, was among wellwishers and described the crisis as a “slap in the face” for the Queen.

Asked about Harry and Meghan, Ms Acton said: “They should give any money back. You can’t have your cake and eat it. They’ve done the dirty on the Queen.”

The Queen departs from St Mary Magdalene’s church on the Sandringham estate today (Image: REUTERS)
Diana told Martin Bashir she suffered the eating disorder bulimia and self-harmed during her marriage to Prince Charles (Image: PA)
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Today the 93-year-old monarch will take charge of the talks at Sandringham, bringing in advisers to give Harry and Meghan a “reality check”.

Prince Charles flew back from Oman, where he attended the ­official condolences following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, at the weekend.

Meghan is expected to dial into the meeting from Canada, where she is staying with eight-month-old son Archie, after leaving the UK on Wednesday.

The Queen and senior royals have been “hurt” by Harry and Meghan’s bombshell announcement they plan to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and split their time between the UK and Canada.

Prince Philip, 98, is understood to have exclaimed, “What the hell are they playing at?” when told of the couple’s defiant plans.

Oman’s newly sworn-in Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said receives condolences from Prince Charles in Muscat, Oman, today (Image: VIA REUTERS)
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Harry and Meghan are understood to have said they are “fully prepared” to lose their HRH titles to have the freedom they crave.

But in what is described by courtiers as “a severe case of cherry-picking”, they expect to keep their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a wedding present from the Queen.

They will give up their income from the Sovereign Grant and launch themselves on to the celebrity circuit, expected to make “half a billion” in the first year – in deals officials fear might sully the royal brand.

A video from July emerged yesterday where Harry seemed to tell the head of Disney that Meghan was interested in doing voice-overs. She has since been given work with the company.

On the couple’s plans, ITV News anchor Bradby said: “If I had to guess – and I’m genuinely only guessing – I’d say Meghan might take on a few big roles as a brand ambassador.”

Journalist Tom Bradby, left with the couple, said: “I have some idea of what might be aired in a full, no-holds-barred, sit-down interview and I don’t think it would be pretty” (Image: ITV)

He said she might also “do some work in television”, possibly as an executive producer on programmes promoting causes and charities she is interested in, like the series she did on mental health with Oprah Winfrey.

He said: “I imagine Harry will probably concentrate on the voluntary work he has done over the years – the Invictus Games, Sentebale.”

He added: “If he were to step into the commercial space, I suspect it would be an area that already interests him, such as eco-tourism.”

Palace sources say they feel the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have “run roughshod” over requests to take part in “phased and staged” organisation of new progressive roles at the centre of a modern monarchy, something that had already been agreed in principle for some time.

Click to play Queen arrives at church in Sandringham ahead of crisis summit with Prince Harry

Bradby said the couple had been told that their roles would change at the centre of a “slimmed-down” Royal Family and were keen to get on with forging their path.

But their action last week infuriated Prince Charles and left the Queen “saddened” that her grandson was listening to external advisers with no respect or thought for the Crown. Bradby, who has been friends with Harry and William for almost 20 years, recorded a documentary with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their autumn tour in Africa.

In it, they bemoaned the pressures of royal life while visiting some of the world’s poorest communities.

Meghan appeared to hold back tears as she thanked Bradby for asking if she was okay because “no one has asked”.

Since their big announcement, it has been claimed Meghan sought advice from former US First Lady Hillary Clinton, who visited the couple at their home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, in November.

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Before today’s meeting at Sandringham, all parties will be given written briefings, likely to spell out the punitive taxes that could be inflicted on Harry and Meghan if they press ahead with their plans.

A Palace source said: “There are a range of possibilities for the family to review which takes into account the thinking the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week.

“Making a change to the working life and role in the monarchy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex requires complex and thoughtful discussion. The aim remains for this to be in days, not weeks.”

The Queen’s eldest grandson, Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips, was yesterday at church in Sandringham with his ­grandmother, who was seen wearing a hearing aid for the first time.

Asked how she was bearing up, he replied: “All right”.