Dickie Arbiter, the Queen's former press secretary, said the monarch will have private conversations with the Duke of York over the 'serious issue' but does not think she is 'getting the answers'.
He said: ‘It [the interview] was a rotten idea. If it was done as a means of crisis management, then all they have done is manage to create a new crisis.
‘He needs to take a sabbatical. If you look back earlier in the year there was an engagement in Northern Ireland and they cancelled it [because of the scandal].