The Queen will 'not be in the mood' for a family summit to discuss the fallout of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah interview this week, a royal expert has claimed.
The grieving monarch, who said a final goodbye to her husband of 73 years Prince Philip on Saturday, 'hates confrontation' and will only want to talk about 'dogs or horses' right now, according to royal biographer Ingrid Seward.
It follows reports that the Duke of Sussex, 36, may delay his return to California to stay for the Queen's 95th birthday on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Times, Ms Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, said any kind of family summit is unlikely to take place this week.
The Queen (pictured on Saturday at Prince Philip's funeral) will 'not be in the mood' for a family summit to discuss the fallout of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah interview, a royal expert has claimed
'[Harry's] grandmother will not be in the mood for it,' she said. 'She hates confrontation. The children have much difficulty getting the Queen to discuss anything other than dogs or horses.
'I remember Fergie telling me it took three weeks for them to try and get her to discuss their divorce. She kept saying "Oh, I've got to take the dogs for a walk".'
Last year Her Majesty called a summit at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk with Charles, William and Harry to thrash out Megxit, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit their roles as senior members of the Royal Family.
It resulted in Harry and Meghan losing their HRH styles and moving to the US to be financially independent.
During their bombshell Oprah interview earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle claimed Charles and William are 'trapped' in 'The Firm' and accused the royals of institutional racism, claiming one member of the family – not the Queen or Prince Philip – questioned what colour their son Archie's skin would be
Following the funeral of their grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle aged 99 on April 9, Harry and William, 38, were seen talking as they walked away from the chapel, raising hopes they could heal their rift.
The Duke of Sussex then reportedly held two hours of peace talks with his older brother and their father Prince Charles, 72.
It would have been the first time they have spoken in person since Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah Winfrey chat earlier this year, in which they claimed Charles and William are 'trapped' in 'The Firm' and accused the royals of institutional racism, claiming one member of the family – not the Queen or Prince Philip – questioned what colour their son Archie's skin would be.
A Buckingham Palace statement stated that 'while some recollections may vary', the issues would be 'addressed by the family privately'.
Charles, William and Harry were said to have talked after the interview but they were believed to have been 'unproductive'.
The brothers are expected to meet again in the summer when they unveil a new statue to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.
Insiders hope the July 1 event - done to commemorate what would have been their mother's 60th birthday - will help mend their relationship.
A source said: 'It's early days but you'd hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.'
The Duke of Sussex had to quarantine at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor when he flew in from the US, where he lives in a £11million Montecito mansion with wife Meghan, 39.
Prince Harry's open return plane ticket means he could spend Wednesday with the Queen for her first birthday without her beloved husband.
It would mean a delay in seeing his 23-month-old son Archie and Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, a baby girl.