Prince William has finally broken his silence to defend his family days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle claimed to Oprah Winfrey that they suffered racism from within the British royal family.
While visiting a school in London with his wife Kate Middleton on Thursday, William was asked about his brother’s bombshell tell-all interview, which aired on Sunday night.
“We are very much not a racist family,” William said. “I haven’t spoken to [Harry] yet, but I will do.”
Prince William says he hasn’t spoken to his brother yet but will do and they are “very much not a racist family”. pic.twitter.com/3j0AulDDOB
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Entertainment Tonight reported that this came after Meghan said that there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [her and Harry’s son, Archie’s,] skin might be when he’s born.” While they would not reveal which member of the royal family raised these concerns, Harry has since said that it was neither Queen Elizabeth nor her husband Prince Philip.
The royal family reacted to this in a statement released through Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, saying that “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,” the statement continued. “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.”
At another point in the interview, Harry claimed that William felt “trapped” in the royal family, and Meghan accused Kate of making her cry in the lead-up to her wedding in 2018.
“William is devastated by this interview,” said royal expert Katie Nicholl. “Don’t forget that the Duchess of Cambridge is being dragged into this whole saga and William will hate that and of course, relationship between father and son is of course at an all-time low.”
“I think that the idea that Kate’s being dragged into this will be upsetting for Kate who behind the scenes has tried really hard to be a peacemaker between William and Harry,” the expert continued. “She has been deeply saddened by the brothers’ falling out. Don’t forget she was incredibly close to Harry herself.”
While there were difficult moments in the interview, Harry made a point of saying, “I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But… we’re on different paths.”