Racism claims 'matter for palace', says PM's office

Downing Street has refused to comment on the Duchess of Sussex’s proposals for racism.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Boris Johnson did not see the Oprah Winfrey interview.

When asked if Mr Johnson agreed with union leader Sir Keir Starmer that the allegations had to be taken seriously, the spokesman said: “It is a Palace business, but the Prime Minister has not seen these interviews.”

When asked again whether Boris Johnson believed that allegations of racism should be taken seriously, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Neither he nor I saw the interview.”

When asked whether it was unacceptable to ask questions about the skin color of an unborn child, the spokesman said Mr Johnson had previously said there was “no place in society” for racism.

The spokesman said he did not know whether a transcript of the interview had been shown to the prime minister.

The aide also said he had not discussed the interview – which dominated the UK news agenda and was covered around the world – with the Prime Minister.

Labor said all allegations of racism should be investigated by Buckingham Palace after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alleged a king raised concerns about how dark their son’s skin might be before he was born.

Kate Green, secretary for shadow formation, said the claims of the American Duchess, the first mixed race person to marry a British king in modern history, were “really disturbing, shocking.”

“And if there are allegations of racism, I would expect the palace to treat them with the utmost seriousness and investigate them fully,” she told Sky News.

During the couple’s candid interview, a stunned Winfrey asked after the comments on Archie’s skin tone, “What? Who is having this conversation?”

Meghan paused and said there had been “several conversations” with Harry about Archie’s skin tone and “what that would mean or look like”.

When asked if there were concerns that her child might be “too brown” and that this could be a problem, Meghan said, “If that’s the assumption you’re making, that’s pretty sure.”

Urged by Winfrey who had these conversations, Meghan refused to tell, adding, “I think that would be very harmful to her.”

Oprah With Meghan and Harry will be on ITV Monday March 8th at 9 p.m. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub


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