Prince William responds to racism claims following brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
On Thursday, while William and his wife Kate Middleton were visiting an East London school, a Sky News reporter asked him, “Is the royal family a racist family?”
In response, William said, “We are very much not a racist family.”
Prince William says he hasn’t spoken to his brother yet but will do and they are “very much not a racist family”. pic.twitter.com/3j0AulDDOB— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 11, 2021
During her sit-down with Oprah that aired Sunday, Meghan claimed members of the royal family had concerns of “how dark” the couple’s son Archie would be.
“We have 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,” she said.
Both Meghan and Harry declined to reveal who said the racially charged remark, as it “would be very damaging to them.”
The day after the interview, Oprah went on “CBS This Morning” and relayed a message from Harry confirming that neither his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II nor grandfather Prince Philip made the comments.
The Sky News reporter also asked William on Thursday if he had spoken to Harry after the interview.
“No, I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will do,” William replied.
When asked by Oprah how he would describe his relationship with William, Harry said, “The relationship is space. Time heals all things, hopefully.”
“I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together,” Harry added. “But we are on different paths.”
Following the controversy, Buckingham Palace released a statement Tuesday on behalf of the Queen.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” it said.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning,” the statement continued. “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.”