Two days after one of television's most shocking interviews aired in the United States, Queen Elizabeth II has responded to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all with talk show titan Oprah Winfrey, issuing a statement from the palace on Tuesday, March 9.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the statement began. “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously by the family privately.”
The statement concluded: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
One of the most explosive claims during the sit-down chat on Sunday, March, 7, was when Meghan alleged that some in the palace had “concerns” over the color of baby Archie’s skin and that he wasn’t going to be provided security after his birth.
Meghan first claimed that she was told that Archie wasn't going to be given the title of "prince," and therefore, “he wasn’t going to receive security," adding that these conversations "went on through the last few months of our pregnancy."
The Duchess of Sussex revealed there was "no explanation" for why the royals wouldn't give Archie a title, but she heard a "lot of it through Harry and other parts of it with conversations with family members, and it was a decision they felt was appropriate."
“The idea of our son not being safe and the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be...” Meghan continued. “It’s not their right to take it away, and so I think even with that convention, they want to change the convention for Archie. Well, why?”
As OK! previously reported, Oprah questioned Meghan if she felt race played a part in the controversial decision. Meghan candidly responded: "In those months when I was pregnant... there were also concerns or conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born. There’s several conversations... with Harry. And what that would mean or look like."
Meghan refused to specify which royal members had made the disparaging remarks regarding Archie's skin color. "I think that would be very damaging to them," she said of why she wouldn’t name names. "That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations family had with him and it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalized conversations," Meghan added.
When Harry joined his wife during the interview, Winfrey brought up the controversial matter, asking Harry if he would provide more details. Harry told Oprah that he was "never going to share" that information before admitting: "At the time, I was a bit shocked.”
However, Winfrey confirmed the next day on CBS This Morning that neither Queen Elizabeth II nor Prince Philip had taken part in the conversation about race. Winfrey joined the morning show to discuss the bombshell revelations made by the couple and shared that Harry "wanted to make sure that I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother, nor his grandfather that were part of those conversations."
The talk show host told pal Gayle King: “He did not tell me who were a part of those conversations, as you can see I tried to get that answer, on camera and off.”