Britain's Prince Charles, Prince William and Catherine, Prince Harry and Meghan Sussex attend the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain. File/Reuters
Meghan’s father Thomas Markle said on Tuesday that he did not think the British royal family was racist and hoped that an alleged remark from a family member about the darkness of the skin of Meghan’s son was just a dumb question.
Meghan said that her son Archie, now aged one, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family about “about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
“I have great respect for the Royals, and I don’t think the British royal family are racist at all. I don’t think the British are racist, I think Los Angeles is racist, California is a racist, but I don’t think the Brits are,” Markle told ITV.
“The thing about what colour will the baby be or how dark will the baby be. I’m guessing and hoping it’s just a dumb question from somebody, you know, it could just be that simple. It could be somebody asked a stupid question. Rather than being a total racist.”
Thomas Markle said though that the comment should be investigated. He said his daughter had let him down while he was ill.
The tell-all conversation that Harry and Meghan Markle had with celebrity host Oprah Winfrey is exactly that: utterly revealing, a bombshell interview that highlights allegedly a slew of issues: racism, thoughts of suicide, apathy in the corridors of Buckingham
It was Oprah Winfrey asking the questions of Meghan and Harry; but it was Harry and Meghan who were asking the questions about the monarchy. No doubt the institution will survive, for the time being – it’s been shown to be very resilient, and has been through
Harry described feeling "really let down" by his father Prince Charles, who had stopped taking his phone calls for a time. Both Charles — the queen's heir — and Harry's elder brother William were "trapped" by the conventions of the monarchy, he said.
From the relative obscurity of Los Angeles (wrote no one ever), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry lobbed a royal grenade back at his home country and his family. Their most explosive allegation during the interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the US on Sunday and in Britain on Monday, was of racism within the Royal family.
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