The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview aired at the beginning of March, and saw the couple make a number of incendiary claims about the Royal Family. The pair accused an unnamed royal of racism, said their son Archie was denied a Prince title and claimed the Firm failed to help Meghan when she was feeling suicidal. Harry also opened up on the rift between his older brother, Prince William.
The claims made in the interview were not well received in the UK, with royal experts and fans jumping to the Royal Family’s defence.
Prince William also responded to the racism claim and told reporters: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
His comment came after Meghan told Oprah questions were allegedly asked over what the colour of their child’s skin would be.
The Duchess said: “In those months when I was pregnant, we had in tandem the conversations of him not being given security or a title, and also concerns about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.
“They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.”
Meghan told Oprah the conversation happened between a a member of the Royal Family and Harry.
She said: “That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations.”
The Duchess did not divulge who said the comment and said: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”
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Harry said: “I am part of the system with them, I always have been, but I guess — and I’m very aware of this — my brother can’t leave that system, but I have.
“My father and my brother are trapped. They don’t get to leave, and I have huge compassion for that.”
Royal expert Robert Jobson told Express.co.uk the “trapped” comment was one of the most damaging of the entire interview.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement in response to the interview, on behalf of the Queen.
It read: “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.
“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.”