Source Says Lilibet Leak Is Sign of "Royal Panic" Over Potential Second Meghan and Harry Interview with Oprah

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Looks like the royal family are once again spiraling over Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Oprah Winfrey. In case you missed it, the Sussexes were spotted driving to Oprah's $100 million mansion in Montecito in June, sparking speculation that the royal couple are planning another tell-all interview. This is based on literally nothing but pictures of the visit published by The Daily Mail, but apparently the royals are doing preemptive damage control.

Royal expert Daniela Elser says (via The Express) that the Palace has been acting "out-of-character" and may be in "panic mode" over the pics, and are trying to do damage control by releasing an uncharacteristically effusive description of Prince Charles' meeting with his granddaughter Lilibet at the Queen's Jubilee.

“It was fantastic to see them. It was wonderful to have them back in Britain,” a senior royal source told reporters of the meeting. “The prince and the duchess were absolutely thrilled to see them. The prince, of course, hasn’t seen his grandson Archie for a bit of time and so it was very, very, very special to have some time with him. He hadn’t met Lili, his granddaughter, and so to meet her was very emotional, a very, very wonderful thing.”

"Six 'verys' in four sentences — that has to be some sort of effusive record," Daniela explained. "The whole thing reads like the sort of frothy briefing an LA publicist would give a supermarket tabloid, not the sort of fare that normally comes from the royal houses. Ask yourself this: when has a royal mouthpiece ever voluntarily gushed before?"

"The possibility that they might be considering going another round with the billionaire TV host, along with the fact that Harry's memoir is set to be published in coming months, suddenly casts all of this out-of-character make nice in a very different light," she added. "Basically, are they trying to mollify the Duke and Duchess; a strategy of appeasement via senior aide?"

Daniela also noted that a change in tone from the Jubilee to right now, saying "The royal house looked intent on sending a very clear message during the four-day knees-up about just where the Sussexes now ranked in the pecking order. That cannot have been an easy pill to swallow. Fast forward only a month until today and the tables look like they might be turning, with Harry and Meghan looking like they are holding some pretty powerful cards."

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