The British royal family said they are serious about the words of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about racism while noting that “some memories may diverge.”
In an interview with the famous American TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, the retired Duke and Duchess of Sussex made several sensational statements that hurt the royal family and the image of the British monarchy. In particular, Markle said that one of her husband’s relatives (Winfrey later clarified that it was neither Elizabeth II nor Prince Philip) expressed concerns about the skin color of her unborn child and she herself had thoughts of suicide, and help was denied.
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She also said that she was offended by the wife of Harry’s older brother, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate. Prince Harry, in turn, told how his father, Prince of Wales Charles, did not answer his calls, refusing to discuss his son’s problems.
“The whole family was 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. 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,” a Royal Court spokesman said in a statement, released almost two days after Harry and Meghan’s interview aired in the US.
Prince Harry and Meghan were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey after their departure from the royal family. They revealed acts of racism by the Crown against their son because of the color of his skin and claimed that they were not offered mental health support. Also, Prince Harry explained how difficult it was for him to give up his royal status.