Selasa, 09 Maret 2021

Queen says race issues 'concerning' after Harry and Meghan tell-all interview - ABC News

The Queen has broken her silence over Prince Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview, saying allegations of racism were "concerning" and they would be handled by the royal family "privately".

In the statement, released by Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen, it is said "recollections may vary" about issues raised in the bombshell interview but they would be "taken very seriously".

It is the first statement released by the palace in the two days since the Oprah interview aired, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex speaking openly about racism and mental health issues they experienced as working members of the royal family.

"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 read.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

Pressure had been mounting on the palace to respond after Meghan said during the interview that an unnamed member of the royal family had asked Harry "how dark" the skin of their unborn child would be.

Winfrey later said that Harry had clarified to her that neither the Queen nor Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had made the comments.

The Queen's statement made no specific reference to claims Meghan had sought help for her mental health problems, including having suicidal thoughts, only to be turned away by "one of the most senior" people in the royal institution.

Last month Harry and Meghan informed the Queen they would no longer be working members of the royal family, which in turn led to them being stripped of their royal patronages.

The decision came 11 months into a 12-month review agreed to by the duke and duchess with Buckingham Palace about their future roles, after announcing they intended to take a "step back" from the family and be part-time royals in January 2020.

Prince Charles dodges question about interview

Prince Charles sits on a garden bench with grandson George on his knee, surrounded by his wife, sons and their families, smiling
Prince Harry and Meghan (top right) said they did not feel supported by other members of the royal family.(

Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP


In the wide-ranging interview Prince Harry said he had been cut off from his father, the Prince of Wales, both financially and emotionally during their protracted departure from their roles.

He said Prince Charles even stopped taking his calls at one point.

"I feel really let down because he's been through something similar," Harry told Winfrey.

During to a visit to a vaccination centre earlier on Tuesday, Prince Charles remained silent when questioned about the interview before he was ushered quickly out of the building.

He told National Health Service staff at the centre he was "full of admiration" for their hard work and thanked them.

"I can only hope that eventually you'll have a chance to see your families again and try to remember who they are," he said.

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