Queen ‘sad not angry’ about Harry and Meghan and ‘vows to stand by them’

The Queen is "sad not angry" about the rift between the Royal Family and the Sussexes and has pledged to stand by grandson Harry, a source claims.

Her Majesty has ordered an investigation into the couple's accusations of racism since the shocking claims were made in the now-famous tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.

Prince William is said to be reluctant to rekindle his relationship with his brother over fears his comments will "end up on American TV", and Harry's recent conversations with him and Charles were reportedly "unproductive".

But the Queen is said to have privately vowed to stand by Harry despite all the drama.

"She is not angry, she is just sad," an insider told The Sun.

"They have always worried about him and the Queen feels very protective about him. They always tried to support him when Meghan came along.

"They all worried less about him when Meghan was on the scene as he seemed so happy."

Despite admitting his relationship with William is damaged, Harry told Oprah he's maintained regular contact with his grandmother since stepping away from the Palace a year ago.

Meghan added that the Queen has "always been wonderful" to her.

The relative who allegedly expressed "concern" over how dark son Archie's skin would be was not the Queen, the couple confirmed, neither was it Prince Philip, who left hospital on Tuesday.

But they did not disclose who it was.

Their other allegations included that the royals refused to make Archie a prince or pay for his security, that they ignored Meghan's cry for help with her mental health and that they "perpetuated falsehoods" about the couple in the media.

Last week the Queen issued a short statement responding to the claims, which read: "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. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members."

The terse comment followed what was reportedly two frenzied days of crisis talks among senior royals and palace aides in the wake of the bombshell interview, which aired in the UK last Monday.

Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

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