The UK royals are yet to formulate a response to Meghan and Prince Harry who accused a family member of making a racist remark about their son and courtiers of ignoring her pleas for help when she was suicidal.
In a tell-all TV interview to Oprah Winfrey, Meghan and Harry have created the worst crisis for monarchy led by Queen Elizabeth since the death of Harry’s mother Diana in 1997.
More than 36 hours later, there has been no response from Buckingham Palace.
Charles, visiting a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic in London, was asked by a reporter what he thought of the interview. He stopped and looked up before turning and walking off without comment.
The interview was watched by 2.4 million viewers in Britain and 17.1 million in the United States.
“It could hardly be more damaging to the royal family, not least because there is little it can do to defend itself,” The Times said in a lead article under the title “Royal Attack”.
“The key to the monarchy’s survival over the centuries has been its ability to adapt to the needs of the times. It needs to adapt again,” The Times said.
Elizabeth, 94, who has been on the throne for 69 years, wanted to take some time before the Palace issued a response, sources said.
Together with Charles and Prince William, second in line to the throne and Harry’s elder brother, the queen will have held meetings with their private secretaries and communications chiefs, a former senior royal aide said.
“This is pretty important and they’ve got to judge it right. I think the queen will have the last say,” said the former aide, saying it was highly likely the Palace would issue a very personal statement in the name of the queen, portraying it as a family rather than institutional issue.