Prince Charles doesn’t respond to question about Oprah interview
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The Duchess of Cornwall, 73, and the Prince of Wales, 72, met NHS and Ministry of Defence staff involved in the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout during a visit to Skipton House in London.
Charles and Camilla’s engagement comes the day after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview aired in the UK.
Meghan and Harry made a series of astonishing claims during their tell-all chat with Winfrey, which was broadcast in the US on Sunday.
Buckingham Palace is yet to respond to the explosive interview.
The most damaging was the claim an unnamed member of the Royal Family, but not the Queen or Prince Philip, made a racist comment before Archie was born about how dark his skin might be.
Camilla looked chic in a navy blue and cream dress which she teamed with knee-high black boots and a small handbag for the royal engagement on Tuesday.
Earlier today, heir to the throne Charles made an appearance at an NHS pop-up vaccine clinic in a north-west London church.
He nervously chuckled when asked if he had seen his son and the former actress’s interview at the end of the visit.
A member of the press called out: “Sir, what did you think of the interview?”
Charles turned to look at the reporter as he left the building and said “oh” as he gave a nervous laugh and carried on walking.
Nadhim Zahawi, minister for Covid-19 vaccine deployment, joined the royal for the visit to Jesus House in Brent Cross, which is popular with London’s black community.
Charles met NHS and church staff, as well as community members due to receive their jab as he toured the clinic.
Grace, 50, a parishioner who declined to give her last name, said about Charles after the visit: “He was quite interactive with the people in there in spite of all the drama going on.”
She insisted it would have been “rude” for anyone to mention Meghan and Harry’s interview and added: “In spite of the family drama he still took time out to come here.”
In an apparent reference to the Sussexes’ racism allegations, she highlighted that Charles had visited a “black church”, saying: “All that effort and someone turns around and says there’s racism, I don’t believe that.”
Charles gave a short speech praising the role of black majority churches in the vaccine rollout.
He said: “As I’ve seen today, you’ve opened your church to the vaccine programme to the whole community and you’ve been collecting and distributing food to those who need it most, as I’ve also seen.
“If ever we needed an example of how to be a good Samaritan, we need look no further.”
He added: “We are all immensely proud of the role black majority churches have been playing and it is a source of profound sorrow to know that black communities have been hit particularly hard by this pernicious virus.”
Charles described the vaccine programme as “truly an answer to prayer”.
When he arrived, he spoke to three patients who were waiting to be assessed before they had their jabs, asking if they lived in the area or attended the church.
One of them asked the royal if he had been given his jab, with Charles replying “yes”.
He asked one woman if she had been working at home throughout lockdown, adding: “It’s all very well, but when you’re in front of a screen… I don’t know about you but my back goes.”
Charles also had a chat with the vaccines minister, who said afterwards: “He takes a big interest in making sure the vaccines reach all communities.”
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