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Michelle Obama Weighs In on Meghan Markle’s Claims About the Royal Family

A week ago, Meghan visibly stunned Oprah when she said in their interview that “several conversations” were had with Harry over “how dark [son Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born” and “what that would mean or look like.” During their joint portion of the interview, Harry did not share any specifics about the conversations, but noted that it was “awkward” and he was a “bit shocked.” The couple also declined to confirm who had those conversations with him, but Oprah later revealed that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were not involved. Meghan also disclosed to Oprah that she had been suffering with suicidal thoughts and was declined help by “one of the most senior people” in the royal institution. 

Days after the televised sit-down, Prince William was asked by a reporter if the royal family is a racist family. The second in line to the throne answered, “We are very much not a racist family.”

The queen also broke her silence with an official statement. “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the monarch’s statement, released on March 9, read. “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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