Queen’s statement on Meghan and Harry is ‘brief’ says expert
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke to the US TV legend in an interview which aired on ITV last night. In the bombshell chat, Meghan claimed that there had been “concerns and conversations” when she was pregnant with Archie about how dark her baby’s skin might be. These comments were allegedly made to Prince Harry, who refused to identify who said them, although later clarified to Oprah that it was not the Queen or Prince Philip.
Buckingham Palace released a statement that 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 by seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Royal expert Camilla said on Twitter that the phrase “while some recollections may vary” was a “killer line”.
She asserted: “They are not accepting Harry and Meghan on Oprah as gospel.”
Another royal commentator, Katie Nicholl, added that it was a “very loaded line”.
Ms Nicholl said: “It’s clear that the Royal Family want to deal with this as a family, first and foremost.”
Meghan told Oprah in her explosive one-to-one that the subject of her baby’s skin colour was raised when she was pregnant with Archie, who is nearly two years old now.
She claimed that around that time was also when she was told her baby would not be a Prince or Princess or receive state-funded security.
She said: “In those months that I was pregnant, all around the same time, so we had in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.
“There were several conversations with Harry [about how dark her baby’s skin might be] potentially and what that would mean or look like.”
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She added that she would not reveal who made the comments, because it would be “very damaging to them”.
Oprah later queried Prince Harry about that conversation, trying to weedle out of him exactly what was said by who.
He said: “That conversation, I’m never going to share. But at the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
Both Meghan and Harry emphasised that they still have a very good relationship with the Queen, despite the fallout with the Palace and other members of the Royal Family.
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Meghan said Her Majesty had always been “wonderful” to her and Harry said he had huge “respect” for his grandmother.
On the other hand, he said he and his brother Prince William were still “on different paths” and that his relationship with his father Prince Charles needed healing.
Meanwhile, Meghan said she had “lost” her own father Thomas Markle, implying that their relationship is past fixing.
In the Queen’s statement today, she omitted Harry and Meghan’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
The statement therefore took a more personal approach, perhaps due to the sensitivity of the topic.
Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub.
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