Prince William on Thursday denied that the British royal family is racist following a bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan earlier this week.
Asked by a reporter during a visit to a school in east London if the royal family is a racist family, William, the Duke of Cambridge, said, Were very much not a racist family.
William, appearing alongside his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, also told reporters that he has not yet spoken to his brother since the interview with Meghan and Harry aired on Sunday, saying that he will do, according tomultiple reports.
During the two-hour TV special with Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyWhoopi Goldberg goes viral for reaction to Meghan McCain’s comments on Meghan Markle’s Oprah interviewBeyoncé thanks Meghan for ‘courage and leadership’ after Oprah interviewPiers Morgan defiant in opinion about Meghan’s Oprah interviewMORE, Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, said that, prior to the birth of her son with Harry, Archie, there were conversations within the royal family about how dark his skin might be.
Harry later said that the comments were not made by Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip.
Meghan during the interview also described what she called a break with protocol in the royal family after Archie did not receive a royal title or security detail following his birth in 2019. She suggested that his race may have played a role in the move, among other allegations.
Buckingham Palace first responded to the interview on Tuesday, saying in a statement that the royal family was saddened by the challenges that the couple have faced, specifically noting those regarding races.
The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” Buckingham Palace said.
The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning,” the statement added.
When asked by Winfrey about his relationship with his brother during the tell-all interview, Harry said that their relationship is currently one of space.
Weve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience, Harry said. But, you know, were on different paths. The relationship is space, at the moment.