KEY POINTS

  • Prince Charles took the lead in the palace's response to the Sussexes' claims, a royal expert suggests
  • Editor Robert Jobson said the royal family does things "as a team" and reacts "as a unit" if they get trashed
  • Prince Charles reportedly disapproves of the way his son handled his issues with the royal family

Prince Charles may have formulated Buckingham Palace's response to the various claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made during their sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month, a report says.

This speculation comes from Evening Standard's royal editor Robert Jobson, who said in a piece for Hello! magazine that he is convinced the Prince of Wales was behind the statement the palace put out to address the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations.

"I think the Prince of Wales has also taken the lead on how the palace has responded," Jobson wrote, as quoted by Us Weekly. "The queen is 94 and the Duke of Edinburgh is incapacitated, so he will be trying to placate and learn lessons from this so something can be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction."

"The royal family like to do things as a team, and if the team is being trashed, they like to react as a unit and a family," he added.

Jobson also called the statement Buckingham Palace released two days after Prince Harry and Markle's interview "dignified." It mentioned their allegations of racism within the royal family.

"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," read the statement released March 9. "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."

It was earlier reported that Prince Charles didn't like the way his son and daughter-in-law handled their issues with the royal family. An unnamed Us Weekly source said the heir to the British throne believes they could have talked about the issues they've encountered within the institution and settled the matter privately.

"Charles does not agree with Harry trashing his whole family in public," the insider told Us Weekly earlier this month. "Charles thinks these matters could have easily been addressed in private."

The Prince of Wales also "feels enormously let down" by the allegations of racism, an unnamed source close to the royal household told People.

"The prince believes in diversity and his actions show that," the insider told People. "He was the first person to highlight the Windrush generation [the first mass immigration from the Caribbean to the U.K. in the 1950s] and the contributions they made to British society. He has worked hard for the Muslim community. Of all the members of the royal family, he has taken this issue the most seriously."

During their interview with Winfrey, Prince Harry opened up about his relationship with his family. He said he and his older brother, Prince William, were distant, while his father, Prince Charles, stopped picking up his calls after he decided to step back as a working royal.

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are currently self-isolating in Scotland Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are currently self-isolating in Scotland Photo: POOL / Victoria Jones