Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has become the first member of the Royal Family to respond publicly about the race allegations raised by Meghan Markle’s interview with ultra-rich American celeb Oprah Winfrey, declaring: “we are very much not a racist family.”
The prince was questioned by a reporter during a public appearance at an east London school earlier today, who asked if he’d spoken to his brother Harry since the bombshell TV interview that rocked the nation.
Speaking about his brother, he said he had not yet spoken to him but intended to.
The reporter went on to quiz the Duke about explosive suggestions that the Royal Family was racist – backed by claims from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that a member of the institution had questioned how dark their son Archie would be.
“We are very much not a racist family” said the Duke as he continued on his way, taking no further questions from the press.
His remarks are the first public utterances from a member of the Royal Family in response to the topic, but they follow a short statement from Buckingham Palace issued on Tuesday evening after long crisis talks.
That statement, issued on behalf of the Queen, was praised for its dignity and class. The Palace refused to get sucked into a public spat with the Hollywood-based couple, reiterating that “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members” while appearing to respond to Meghan’s bombshell claims by saying “some recollections may vary”.
Public commentators beyond the Palace have been less charitable, with former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan branding the interview “contemptible” and “an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family.”
Royal experts have also cast doubt on a number of Meghan’s claims – primarily about her son’s entitlement to the rank of prince, claims about a private wedding ceremony with no Church of England-mandated witnesses, and the extent to which her passport was seized by royal aides.