Following the interview between Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan Markle, Buckingham Palace has broken its silence. The Queen said in a statement, “issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.’” However, she said that they will be dealt with privately.”
Queen responds to Oprah with Meghan and Harry
Buckingham Palace finally broke its silence on Tuesday over the damaging claims made by Meghan Markle and Harry in the interview with Oprah Winfrey. During the much-watched CBS interview, Meghan revealed that she had suicidal thoughts while living in the palace. Meanwhile, both parties claimed a member of the royal household had pondered on how dark their unborn son’s skin would be.
Queen Elizabeth has expressed concern over the allegations of racism made in the interview between Oprah and the former royals. She also expressed sadness on learning how challenging Prince Harry and Meghan had found life as working royals. However, the Queen did add that some recollections of events differed.
Royal family is ‘saddened’
Buckingham Palace responded to the claims in a short statement issued on behalf of the Queen. 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.”
BREAKING: Buckingham Palace releases statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth following Prince Harry and Meghan's interview, saying, "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan." https://t.co/6k5NR1em41 pic.twitter.com/TCekWLqQau
— ABC News (@ABC) March 9, 2021
The Queen continued, writing “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Following Sunday’s Oprah with Meghan and Harry interview, senior royals and palace aides have been in two days of crisis talks. It was necessary to work out the best way to handle the very public fallout from Oprah’s interview.
No advance warning of claims on Oprah’s interview
Reportedly, Buckingham Palace received no advance warning of what would be said during the interview. This is despite the fact that Oprah had said no subject was out of bounds. The broadcast aired on CBS in the US on Sunday and on ITV in the UK on Monday night. The CBS special drew a massive transatlantic audience of almost 30 million viewers.
BREAKING: Buckingham Palace has issued a statement in response to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The statement reads: "The whole family is saddened" and issues of race are "concerning" and "will be addressed".
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 9, 2021
Meghan and Harry’s allegations, particularly on mental health issues and race, have led to calls for a Palace investigation. The statement by Buckingham Palace indicates that Queen Elizabeth favors private engagement with the couple on their claims.
Meghan and Harry agreed to Oprah interview to share ‘their truth’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed to Oprah’s interview as they wanted to share “their truth.” However, it is clear from the Queen’s statement that other royal family members may have different truths. Despite this, the statement gives no hint of criticism of Harry and Meghan.
When the Queen says “recollections may vary,” it is unclear whether this refers to claims over Archie’s skin color. It could relate to the fact protocol would deny their son the automatic title of prince when Charles takes the throne.
Queen Elizabeth expresses affection for Meghan and Harry
In her brief statement, Queen Elizabeth did stress her affection for Harry, Meghan and Archie. She gave a warm affirmation that they would remain “much-loved” members of her family. While the 61-word statement gave no condemnation of specific alleged racist events, the Queen did acknowledge this as one of the main issues raised.
Buckingham Palace’s statement came as Prince Charles made a public appearance for the first time since the interview aired. As noted by the Guardian, the prince visited a pop-up vaccination center in north London. When asked by a journalist what he thought of the interview, Charles reportedly smiled and walked away without comment.