Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen on Tuesday, just two days after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. Throughout the CBS broadcast titled Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, Meghan and Harry addressed “feeling trapped” in the royal family and their personal struggles with mental health and allegations of racism within the institution.
The new statement from Buckingham Palace reads: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. The statement continued, “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Meghan claimed in the interview that there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [son Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born.” She said it would be “damaging” to reveal who had voiced those concerns. Harry later confirmed to Oprah that a conversation about Archie’s skin color did take place, but he wasn’t comfortable sharing any further details. “That conversation, I’m never going to share. But at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked,” he said. “That was right at the beginning… ‘What will the kids look like?’” Winfrey later revealed that Harry had told her that the person who made these remarks wasn’t his grandmother, the queen, or his grandfather, Prince Philip.
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