Prince William responds to Meghan and Harry interview

Anya Meyerowitz
·2-min read
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Prince William has spoken out in defence of his family during his first public appearance since Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah aired in the UK.

Speaking to Sky News the Duke of Cambridge said: 'We are very much not a racist family'.

When asked whether he had spoken to his brother since the Oprah Winfrey interview, the Duke of Cambridge said: 'No, I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do'.

The Sussexes made a series of shocking allegations about their time as working royals during the two-hour interview with Oprah, including claims of racism in the palace and feeling unsupported by the Royal Family.

The couple’s allegations, particularly on race and mental health issues, led to calls for an investigation by the palace.

Prince Harry also told Oprah his brother and father were 'trapped' as royals, while Meghan spoke about reports she had made Kate cry ahead of the royal wedding. William has not responded to these claims.

In response to the interview, Buckingham Palace issued a rare statement following two days of crisis talks among senior royals and palace aides, saying the issues brought up were 'concerning' and 'will be addressed'.

The statement 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.'

Since the interview aired, Meghan's friend of 17 years, Janina Gavankar has spoken out in support of the couple. During an interview with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ITV's This Morning yesterday (10th March), she disputed the royal family's claim that they weren't aware of the full extent of Meghan's struggles while she was a working royal family member.

'Though their "recollections may vary", ours don’t because we lived through it with them,' Gavankar said, quoting directly from the Palace's statement. 'And there are many emails and texts to support that.'

Meghan and Harry are yet to make any public comments since the interview, however they did give consent for their friend to release a never-before-seen image of themselves with baby Archie.

The image was uploaded by the photographer, Misan Harriman who shared her congratulations in the Instagram caption accompanying the photo: 'What wonderful news to celebrate on International Women’s Day! Congratulations my friends, and welcome to the #girldad club H.'

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