Queen Elizabeth's aides have reportedly offered an olive branch to avoid war with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Buckingham Palace aides held back an investigation report concerning allegations of bullying against Meghan to "avoid war." According to a royal expert, Duncan Larcombe, the palace would not have wanted to worsen the relationship between themselves and the Sussexes by releasing the report.

Speaking with True Royalty TV's "The Royal Beat," Larcombe said, "For [Jason Knauf, the Sussexes' former communications chief] to take that risk of reporting to Prince William concerns he had about his staff and the treatment of them at the hands of one of the members of the Royal Family - within the Queen's reign this is absolutely unprecedented. I think the reason they are not publishing any of this is that the Palace is running scared of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."

"I think they know that if they publish the report, the next thing that will happen potentially is for Harry and Meghan to play the victim and go on Oprah. This is an olive branch or an avoidance of war."

The bullying came to light after it was alleged that the Duchess of Sussex bullied two palace staff members, resulting in them quitting their jobs. However, Meghan denied all the allegations. The investigation regarding the matter was fully funded by the Queen and was launched in March 2021. Former and present palace employees were invited to speak and share their experiences working for Meghan.

According to Buckingham Palace, changes are to be made with lessons having been learned, but the household declined to publish the specifics. A senior Palace source clarified that the confidentiality of those who participated in the independent interview was the reason why details were not released to the public.

Meanwhile, Harry's "tell-all" autobiography appears to have been delayed. Since 2020, the Duke of Sussex, 37, has been working on the "intimate and heartfelt memoir" with the assistance of ghostwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author JR Moehringer.

Harry reportedly consulted the Queen about the book before publicly announcing it last summer. The publisher Random House initially planned to publish the book in the autumn of 2022. However, royal insiders were surprised that the said memoir is not included in a list of the publisher's upcoming book releases. A spokesperson for Transworld, part of Penguin Random House, said, "We don't put every book on the list so there is nothing to be extrapolated from that."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the athletics on day two of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage

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