Buckingham Palace has stated that the race questions posed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the discussion with Oprah Winfrey are “deeply worrying” and “taken extremely seriously.”
The Palace said in a statement that “recollections will differ,” but that the issues would be discussed privately.
Meghan revealed to Oprah Winfrey that a n unidentified member of the family had inquired about the “darkness” of their son Archie’s skin.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will “always be much loved family members”, according to the Palace.
Buckingham Palace’s reaction came after a series of crisis talks involving senior royals. The pressure has been building to react to Meghan’s interview, in which she made the remarks regarding their son’s skin colour. Meghan is the first mixed-race member of the current Royal Family.
The remarks were not provided by either the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry later explained to Oprah.
The note, which was released a day and a half after the interview aired in the United States, said: “The whole family is heartbroken to discover the full scale of Harry and Meghan’s difficulties over the past few years.
“The concerns posed, especially the one concerning ethnicity, are alarming. Although certain recollections may differ, they are both taken seriously and will be discussed personally by the relatives.
Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.
The royals are thought to have taken their time considering their answers and to have given the British media first access to the interview when it aired on Monday evening.
The royals are known to see this as a personal matter and think they should be allowed the right to speak privately about the problems.
The Queen was never confident that she would make a comment following the interview provided by her grandson and his companion, despite the fact that it was highly probable.
Any answer ran the risk of adding to the “Royals in crisis” storyline that is now dominating front pages and television screens across the world.
However, after taking the time to clarify Harry and Meghan’s accusations, the Palace sent out four brief sentences stating that this is a confidential family issue and that the relevant charges will not be discussed officially.
Including references to the couple as much-loved family members, the mood is conciliatory. In the line “whilst some recollections may vary” there is a friendly question, but still a promise that questions will be taken seriously.
And we can be certain that every bridge-building would take place in secret, at least in so far as the London royals are involved.
Prince Charles did not mention the interview during a recent visit to London, in which the Sussexes discussed intensely personal issues such as bigotry, mental wellbeing, the media, and other representatives of the Royal Family.
On Monday night, 11.1 million people in the United Kingdom viewed the show.
The duchess admitted that there were moments that she “didn’t want to be alive any more” because royal life was too painful for her. She said that she requested assistance from the Palace but did not obtain it.
Conversations over how dark Archie’s skin could be when he’s born happened “in tandem” with talks over why he wouldn’t be granted a royal title or police security, Meghan said.
The couple’s children will not immediately become princes or princesses under laws in effect since 1917, unless the Queen intervened.
When Oprah asked Meghan if she was worried that her child might be “too brown” and cause an issue, Meghan said,
If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.
The pair, on the other hand, also declined to reveal which member of their family made the remarks. “That conversation, I am never going to share,” Prince Harry said.
At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.
After television stories and posts with “colonial undertones” Harry said it hurt him that no one in his family even came up in defence of Meghan.
Meghan’s accusations of bigotry and a shortage of mental health care, according to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, should be treated “very seriously”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had seen the interview on Monday night, according to Downing Street, but refused to elaborate more.