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Queen Elizabeth II won’t stay up to watch the “circus” of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview Sunday night — and will instead get a briefing at breakfast Monday, according to reports.
While the two-hour sitdown does not air in the UK until Monday night, Buckingham Palace aides have an online feed to watch it when it airs in the US on CBS at 8 p.m. Sunday — or 1 a.m. in the UK.
Sources close to the 94-year-old queen told The Times of London that she will not “stay up and watch the interview,” and will instead keep calm and carry on.
“What should Monday really be about? Children going back to school, the effectiveness of the vaccine program — these are the big issues the royal family wants to focus on, not news about the circus that is Oprah and all things Sussex,” the source told the UK paper.
Her Majesty will instead be briefed by a senior aide at breakfast Monday to discover what was revealed in the eagerly awaited interview, sources told the Mail on Sunday.
The Royal Family believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are undermining the work of the monarchy — and have left the Queen feeling “cheesed off,” sources told the UK Times.
“The mood in the family is: can everyone just shut the hell up and can we just get on with the day job,” one senior source told the paper.
Others, meanwhile, warned that the Sussexes are playing a “high stakes” game if they plan on going after the royals — suggesting that the reports of bullying by Markle are only the beginning.
“They are playing with fire, it’s very high stakes because there’s a lot that could come out in the wash that hasn’t been told,” a source insisted to the UK Times.
The Sussexes dismissed the bullying claims as a “calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.”
However, one source told the UK Times that “the actual worst incidences haven’t come out.”
“There are some harrowing stories to tell. I’ve had some teary conversations with people this week,” the source said.
The response will depend on exactly what the Sussexes say, the sources insisted. “The institution is not at war, the Sussexes are at war,” one of the sources said.
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