The Palace Under Pressure to Respond To Harry and Megan’s Racism Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Duke and Duchess of Sussex; December 2017

Mark Jones

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Duke and Duchess of Sussex; December 2017

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Buckingham Palace was under pressure to respond to allegations of racism within the royal family following an interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that has had a devastating effect on the reputation of the Royal Family.

Harry and Meghan described how someone within the household had asked about how dark the skin tone of their baby son Archie would be – with host Oprah Winfrey making clear later on that neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh was behind the remark.

But the couple’s refusal to identify the family member in their TV interview leaves other royals open to the suspicion of the remark.

The allegation of racism within Buckingham Palace was one of several explosive claims in Harry and Meghan’s tell-all interview which has shaken the royal family to its core.

Meghan told Winfrey that, while she was pregnant with Archie, who is now 21 months old, a family member raised with Harry “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when born”.

Asked if there were concerns Archie might be “too brown”, Meghan told Winfrey that was a “pretty safe” assumption. Both she and Harry refused to identify the person, saying it would be “very damaging”.

Meghan suggested the fact Archie was mixed-race meant he was denied the title of prince. Under occurring protocols, as the grandchild of a sovereign, Archie would automatically become a prince when his grandfather Charles granted the throne.

But the couple indicated they had been told those rules would be changed, in line with Charles’s plan for a slimmed-down monarchy, leaving Archie without his birthright title or the security protection that goes with it. “It’s not their right to take it away,” Meghan said.

Racism was “a large part” of why the couple left Britain, said Harry, claiming that though the UK was not bigoted, the UK press, specifically, the tabloids were.

In other startling claims, Meghan addressed what it felt like living inside the palace.

“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” Meghan said.

Oprah asked whether she had contemplated suicide,

“Yes, this was very, very clear, and very scary,” she replied.

Though she begged for help and asked to go somewhere to seek help,

“I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution,” she said and she was told.

Harry criticized his father, saying he felt “let down” by Charles, adding, “There’s a lot of hurts that happened.” Charles stopped taking his youngest son’s calls after the couple’s public announcement they were to step down as working royals and the couple was cut off financially, Harry said, leaving them to foot their own security bill. Other claims included that the Duchess of Cambridge lowered Meghan to tears in a row over the flower girls’ dresses before her wedding to Harry.

Some reports claimed at the time that it was Meghan who made Kate cry. Comparing her treatment by the press with Kate’s,

“Rude and racist are not the same,” Meghan said

The institution did not defend Meghan; she was “silenced” and officials lied to protect other royals. Family members were jealous of Meghan’s success on a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The couple had a secret private exchange of vows days before their formal wedding. Their second child will be a daughter.

Winfrey’s interview lasted three hours and 20 minutes but was rewritten down to one hour and 25 minutes. After recording it, the couple is understood to have felt relief at finally having the opportunity to set the record straight from their point of view, and comfortable with the answers they had given.

Harry said that no one in the royal family had said they were sorry the couple left royal life because they felt unsupported.

“No, sadly not,” he told Winfrey

Adding they were warned it was their decision and “therefore the consequences are on us”.