The Queen has always taken a ‘measured’ approach to controversy, claims a royal commentator.
Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, Buckingham palace took two days to release an official statement in response. This was due to The Queen. Yes, as it was reportedly told, the cause of this delay was because The Queen did not want to rush into controversy.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from royal life in 2020 shocked royal fans across the world and started to show just how the family was outside of all of the smiles.
In 2021 when the couple participated in the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview, everything would start to come out in the royal wash. In the interview, both Harry and Meghan made several allegations against ‘The Firm’ which still continue to haunt the royal family.
On the other side of the pond, all was silent. With hopes that the matter could be resolved privately, the Queen reportedly took her time to reflect upon the allegations made during interview and attempted to sympathize with the couple and their experiences before releasing an official Buckingham Palace statement. Everything had to be very well-thought out.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter appeared on the One Way Ticket Show podcast to shed some light on the Queen’s handling of the situation. According to her, the Queen’s measured emotions regarding the interview reflect her life-long approach to controversy.
Arbiter said: “She never gives an emotional reaction to something. She pauses, she takes a very measured approach. She stops, she listens, she learns and then she considers before responding in any capacity. In many respects we saw those tactics at play when Harry and Meghan decided to leave the monarchy. They had released all of their information about how they planned to do it and what had upset them and their many grievances. The Queen did not react right away.”
In 48 hours after the special. The Queen would speak.
The statement 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.”
Arbiter analyzed the statement, breaking down the Palace’s words to read in between the lines, “In saying that, it was like, we heard you, we perhaps see things a little differently, now let’s hash this out behind the scenes. With everything spiraling as it was, they had to say something.”
This would be the very best approach.
Arbiter closed: “I think the Queen is really a master of less is more because the more and more you try to explain something, the more you try to talk your way around something, that’s going to be interpreted and people are going to with their specific agenda at play.”