THE QUEEN has broken her silence on the damaging racism claims made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The British monarch expressed “concern” over the allegations as well as sadness after learning of the difficulties faced by the couple.
Though she did include the caveat in her statement that some recollections of events detailed in the interview differed, she added “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members” and said the issues created by the interview would be dealt with “privately”.
Buckingham Palace opted to break its silence two days on from the Oprah interview in which Markle revealed she felt suicidal while living as a royal and that an unnamed family member expressed concerns about how dark their unborn son Archie’s skin would be.
The short statement issued on behalf of the Queen read:
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. 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.”
The statement comes after two days of deliberations among senior royals and other key figures within the palace on how best to address the claims made.
Markle’s accusations of racism and the revelation she sought help for her mental health issues but was refused it, have led for calls into an investigation.
That suggestion appears to have been rebuffed by the Queen in favour of private discussions within the family.
Most tellingly, the Queen’s statement includes the like “recollections may vary” hinting that other members of the family recall events differently, though it is not clear as to whether this comment refers to the accusations of racism or some of the other claims made by Markle.