Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday responded to explosive racism claims from her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, voicing deep concern and sympathizing with their troubles with royal life.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” she said in a statement.
“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.”
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Buckingham Palace has been under increasing pressure to respond to allegations made in an Oprah Winfrey interview that aired on Sunday, triggering a crisis unlike anything seen since Harry’s late mother, Diana, was in exile in the 1990s.
It sparked a flurry of rumors about the existence of the senior royal who inquired about the color of their child’s skin before his birth.
Meghan, whose mother is black and father is white, also revealed that she had suicidal ideation but received no support from the royal family throughout her time there.
The racism allegation reportedly left Winfrey speechless and the palace in disarray, with officials struggling to figure out how to react.
In his first media speech since the row exploded, Prince Charles, Harry’s father, and future king ignored a query about what he thought of the conversation.
After the interview appeared on British television on Monday, a YouGov poll of 4,656 people found that nearly a third (32%) believed the couple was handled unfairly, the same percentage as those who felt the contrary.
The poll found that older people were more likely to support the royal family.
The statements made by Harry and Meghan have been compared to a bomb being dropped on the country’s most prominent family and one of its most respected institutions.
There have been attempts to bring in Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been accused of being racist while working as a newspaper columnist.
Despite mounting political pressure for a thorough investigation and statements from the White House and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he declined to comment.
Former army captain Harry, according to Zac Goldsmith, a junior British foreign minister and near ally of Johnson, is “blowing up his family.”
Goldsmith was acting on behalf of the government, according to Johnson’s spokesperson.