Prince William has responded to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, which included claims and comments about the Royal Family and race.
In a video shared on social media by a royal reporter today, three days after the UK broadcast of the interview, the Prince responded to the claims, insisting: ‘We are very much not a racist family.’
During a royal visit with the Duchess of Cambridge to a school in Stratford, East London, Prince William was asked by a reporter: ‘Have you spoken to your brother since the interview?’
‘No I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do,' he replied.
He was then asked: ‘And can you just let me know, is the Royal family a racist family, Sir?’
To which the Duke of Cambridge replied: ‘We are very much not a racist family.’
This response comes a day after Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen which addressed Prince Harry and Meghan’s claims about their experiences in the institution - one of which was that a member of the royal family (which Winfrey later clarified was not the Queen or Prince Philip) had expressed concerns over 'how dark' Archie's skin would be.
'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 said. '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 Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not yet responded to this statement from their family.
On Wednesday, Meghan Markle's friend actor Janina Gavankar appeared on the ITV's This Morning program and casted doubt on the royal family's claim that they weren't aware of the full extent of the Duchess of Sussex'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 Prince Harry also claimed during the interview that the Firm refused Archie security, that the institution did no help the Duchess Of Sussex seek treatment when she struggled with suicidal ideation and that the family has an 'invisible contract' with the British tabloids .
During the interview, Prince Harry said he 'loved [Prince William] to bits' and acknowledged the 'hell' the two have been through together. He also reiterated his previous comments in an ITV news special last year, noting that they are 'on different paths'.
The full interview aired on ITV on Monday March 8 and is on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS.
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