Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Interview With Oprah Prompts Calls for Royal Family to Launch Investigation
The special aired first in the U.S. before being broadcast in the U.K. Ahead of its premiere overseas, some called for Buckingham Palace to respond quickly and begin an investigation following the serious allegations the Sussexes made.
Meghan claimed that questions were raised about Archie’s skin color
During Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, the former Suits star spoke about conversations relayed to her when she was pregnant. The content of those conversations the duchess said took place shocked the legendary talk show host and viewers alike.
“All the grandeur around this stuff is not really important to me. But in those months when I was pregnant, all-around the same time, we have in tandem he won’t be given security,” Meghan explained referring to her son Archie.
She added that other conversations were around how “[Archie] won’t be given a title and also concerns about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Some believe the palace should respond to the allegations
Hours after the interview aired, Oprah told CBS This Morning that Prince Harry informed her it was not Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip who made the alleged comment about what Archie’s skin tone could be.
According to Oprah: “[Harry] did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother or grandfather that were part of those conversations. He did not tell me who was a part of those conversations.”
The allegations have left many people including royal editor at Hello! Magazine Emily Nash “shell-shocked.”
“I don’t see how the palace can ignore these allegations, they’re incredibly serious,” Nash said via the Associated Press. “You have the racism allegations. Then you also have the claim that Meghan was not supported, and she sought help even from the HR team within the household and was told that she couldn’t seek help.”
Calls for royal family to ‘investigate racism in the palace’
Not only do some feel the palace should respond to this issue, many are calling for an investigation into the claims made.
In light of this, Labour MP for Nottingham East, Nadia Whittome, tweeted: “When Meghan Markle was accused of bullying, Buckingham Palace immediately announced an investigation…. will they investigate racism in the palace?”
Express reported that Shadow education secretary Kate Green agreed there should be an investigation and hopes there will be: “If there are allegations of racism then I would expect them to be treated by the palace with the utmost seriousness, and fully investigated.”
The Government’s children’s minister, Vicky Ford, weighed in on the subject as well stating on BBC Breakfast that there is “no place for racism in our society.”