Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert on 'concerning' security breach
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed there were conversations about the colour of Archie’s skin before he was born. Meghan also opened up about feeling suicidal while part of the Royal Family.
Now, Michelle Obama has expressed her thoughts on the claims and said while the revelation was “heartbreaking” it was not a “complete surprise”.
Speaking after the interview aired, Ms Obama said: “As I said before, race isn’t a new construct in this world for people of colour, and so it wasn’t a complete surprise to hear her feelings and to have them articulated.”
She told NBC News: “I feel like that was heartbreaking to hear, that she felt like she was in her own family — her own family thought differently of her.”
Ms Obama and Meghan were friends before the Duchess joined the Royal Family and, according to a royal expert, the former first lady urged Meghan to “take it easy” in her first year as a royal.
Royal commentator Angela Levin claimed Ms Obama advised Meghan to “listen and take advice” at first but the Duchess made the “mistake” of not heeding the recommendation.
Opening up about the allegations, Meghan told Oprah: “In those months when I was pregnant [there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born.”
She said how the conversations were with Harry who relayed them to her but they did not reveal which royal it was.
Harry said: “That conversation, I am never going to share.
“At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
Meghan and Harry’s explosive interview sparked an ongoing race row with many calling for the Royal Family to launch an investigation into the claims.
Following the interview, #AbolishTheMonarchy started trending on Twitter.
Elsewhere in the interview, the Duchess of Sussex said her time as a royal was almost “unsurvivable”.
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Meghan revealed: “I just didn’t want to be alive any more. And that was a very real and clear and frightening and constant thought.”
She continued: “When I joined that family, that was the last time until we came here that I saw my passport, my driver’s licence, my keys, all that gets turned over.
“I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help, said I had never felt that way before and need to go somewhere, and I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Two days after the interview aired on CBS in the US – and one day after ITV broadcast it – the Royal Family issued a short, 64-word statement.
The official statement from the Queen read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“While some recollections may vary, they are taken seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Prince William has been the only member of the Firm to publicly comment on the shocking allegations made during the interview.
During a royal visit, the Duke of Cambridge insisted the family are not racist.
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