Prince William’s sharp racism denial shows Queen is ‘losing control’ over royals

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Whilst visiting a London school on Wednesday with the Duchess of Cambridge, William was asked whether the Royal Family has a racism problem by journalists. It followed the Duke and Duchesses of Sussex’s extraordinary two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday when Meghan claimed, prior to Archie’s birth, there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be” within the family.

Responding to the reporters William said: “We are very much not a racist family.”

However, according to Australian royal writer Daniela Elser, this comment saw the Prince “break ranks with the Palace” and “augurs badly for Palace cohesion”.

In an article for news.com.au she said: “On the most glaring level, in answering the racism question, the second-in-line to the throne has only stoked the global media fires, giving even more oxygen to this entire sad saga.

“But, more importantly, what he has done is defied the studied, carefully crafted stance that the Queen and Charles are trying to maintain to go his own impassioned route.

“The biggest loser out of William’s public intervention here is the Queen, and to a lesser extent, Charles.

“The unfortunate impression today is that the 94-year-old monarch has lost control of her grandson who is now charting his own course of action to try and retaliate against the global firestorm the Sussexes have unleashed.”

Ms Winfrey’s interview with the Duke of Duchess was first broadcast on Sunday by CBS in the US, and then in the UK by ITV the following day.

During the discussion Meghan claimed whilst she was pregnant with Archie there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born” within the Royal Family.

She added: “That was relayed to me from Harry.

“Those were conversations that family had with him.”

Meghan refused to reveal who was involved in the conversations saying it would be “very damaging to them”.

Buckingham Palace waited until Tuesday to issue a formal response.

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In a brief statement, made on behalf of the Queen, they said: “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.”

The Sussexes’ caused a global sensation in March 2020 when they stood down as senior members of the Royal Family.

They moved to California shortly before the state went into coronavirus lockdown and currently live in an £11.2 million home north of Los Angeles.

In September Meghan and Harry announced a major deal with streaming service Netflix.

The couple will produce films, documentaries and children’s shows for the platform.

They have also launched a podcast on Spotify.

The first episode, a festive special released in December, featured celebrity friends as well as various social campaigners.

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