LONDON – Buckingham Palace issued a statement Tuesday addressing Prince Harry and Meghan’s in-depth interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“The whole family is saddened by how challenging the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” said the palace’s statement, released more than 36 hours after the bomb interview, which first aired in the US on Sunday evening.
“Although some memories can vary, they are taken very seriously and treated privately by the family,” the statement added. “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be very beloved family members.”
The statement of what royal experts described as a very harmful interview marked a notable departure from the palace, which usually does not comment on reports and articles in the media.
The couple spoke to media mogul Oprah Winfrey about a two-hour interview that aired prime-time on CBS Sunday night in the US and Monday night in the UK.
The far-reaching interview focused on what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex described as a lack of support for the couple after they got married in 2018, Meghan’s experience with suicidal thoughts, and the sharp scrutiny of British tabloids, which they believed had racist overtones passed over.
In a clip released by CBS on Monday, Harry said racism played “a big role” in why the couple left the country.
Among the allegations, Meghan said that in the months leading up to Archie’s birth, a member of the royal family raised “concerns” and there were “talks about how dark his skin might be when he is born”.
This has sparked heavy speculation in the UK media and the general public about the source of the comment.
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Several local politicians and royal pundits have put pressure on Buckingham Palace to open an internal investigation into the alleged comment and to investigate more closely the family business, which normally operates behind closed doors. Last week the palace announced it had opened an internal investigation into allegations of bullying against Meghan.
When asked about the couple’s allegations at a press conference Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated his “highest admiration for the Queen”. “
Harry said Oprah his brother, Prince William, and his father, Prince Charles, were “trapped” within the institution’s confines.
After the interview, the #AbolishTheMonarchy Hashtag was trending on Twitter in the UK, and 45 percent of those surveyed According to a YouGov poll dated March 8, which interviewed more than 4,600 Brits, they had little to no sympathy for members of the royal family regarding the situation with the Sussexes. According to the survey, the royal family still attracts more support than the Sussexes – 56 percent of respondents said they have little or no support for Harry and Meghan.
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