Vanessa Grigoriadis, royal journalist, was told by a source the Queen wanted to tackle the strained relationship between the Duchess of Sussex and her father. The monarch reportedly ordered her Buckingham Palace courtiers to intervene in the family feud over fears it would impact the Royal Family.
Ms Grigoriadis wrote in Vanity Fair the observer had told her the Queen was concerned about how the Markle family drama was impacting the Royal Family.
They said: “She was very concerned that it was spiralling out of control, which it was.
“Buckingham Palace wanted to be able to do something and be proactive and make the situation go away.
“It was a direction from the Queen, so her courtiers were under strict instructions to sort it out.
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Meghan however refused the assistance from Buckingham Palace as she wanted to resolve the issue with her father on her own.
The source added: “Kensington Palace was not singing from the same hymn sheet, and that was because the message was coming from Meghan.”
“She didn’t want to engage and thought that she could handle it on her own.
“There was a lot of tension between courtiers within the two royal households, and I think it just got to a point where it was a stalemate and, you know, neither could move.”
The Duchess’ father was supposed to walk Meghan down the aisle, but they suffered a rift when Thomas had admitted to accepting money from paparazzi for staged photographs.
He told TMZ he did not attend the wedding because he did not want to embarrass Meghan or the Royal Family.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said at the time: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.”
The Queen will review Meghan and Harry’s royal statuses next year, after one year of the Sussexes stepping back from full-time royal duties.
Since stepping back in March, Meghan and Harry have struck numerous multi-million dollar deals with Spotify, Netflix and other agencies.
The Duchess also recently invested into Clevr Blends, a “woman-led, mission-driven” company behind “wellness lattes”.
Meghan then reportedly asked celebrity-friend Oprah Winfrey to endorse the product.
Roya Nikkhah, a royal expert, wrote in the Sunday Times the brand deals may have pushed the Queen to “snapping point” ahead of the review of their royal status.
She said: “The manner of last week’s coup induced a bout of queasiness in royal circles, where Oprah’s involvement was considered ‘tacky’ and ‘clumsy’.
“Harry and Meghan had pledged their future activities would ‘uphold the values of Her Majesty’.
“An almighty plug from a talk-show host flagging her royal connections has stretched the elastic contours of the ‘Megxit’ deal to snapping point.”