Prince William says Royal family ‘very much not a racist family’, as he breaks his silence on the explosive interview by Prince Harry and Meghan.
Prince William had said this when a reporter probed him to respond to the allegations levelled against the Royal family by Meghan
during her interview with Oprah on Sunday.
He also said he has not spoken to his brother Harry yet since the interview, “but will do”.
Prince William says Royal family not racist, as he was spotted out with Kate Middleton for the first time on a visit to an east London school, but did not stop to speak on it further. His wife Kate, whose name came up in the interview, did not say a word, as the couple toured School21 in Stratford, east London, to mark the return of children to schools this week and the rollout of a mental health project launched by Kate to secondary schools.
As William left, a reporter asked: “Is the royal family a racist family, sir?”
He replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
He is the first member of the royal family to publicly address the race row sparked by Harry and Meghan’s interview.
The monarchy has been rocked by allegations made by Harry and Meghan during the two-hour long interview, including of racism and poor treatment of the Duchess of Sussex’s mental health while they were in the UK.
The couple revealed there had been “conversations and concerns” raised by a member of the royal family about what colour Archie’s skin would be before he was born.
Meghan also claimed in the interview that Kate made her cry at a bridesmaid dress fitting, but had apologised and sent flowers.
When it came to William and Harry’s relationship, the younger royal said there was “space” between them, but hoped that “time heals all things”.
“As I said before, I love William to bits. We’ve been through hell together and we have a shared experience, but we are on different paths,” he said.
Harry also told Ms Winfrey he felt that his brother and father, Prince Charles, were “trapped” within the monarchy and that he had “huge compassion” that they “don’t get to leave” their roles.
The backlash from that Oprah interview prompted the Queen to release a short statement saying:
“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.”