Meghan Markle's 'racism' claim is 'devastating' for Palace as minister insists 'there's no place for it in our society'

Meghan Markle's 'racism' claim is 'devastating' for Palace as minister insists 'there's no place for it in our society'

March 8, 2021

MEGHAN Markle's allegation of "racism" is "devastating" for the Royal Family, as a minister insists that "there's no place for it in our society."

The Duchess of Sussex said there had been conversations with Prince Harry and a "family" member about their unborn son and what colour his skin would be – and "what that would mean or look like".

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But despite making the serious allegations, Meghan and Harry refused to reveal who made the "racist" accusations in the Royal Family.

And members of Parliament, press secretaries, and royal experts have this morning all expressed how serious and shocking the claims made during the interview are.

Speaking to Oprah, Meghan said the concerns had been raised at the same time that the future parents were told Archie would not receive security as he was not a prince.

She said: "All the grandeur around this stuff is not really important to me.

"But in those months when I was pregnant, all around same time: we have in tandem he won’t be given security, a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born."

Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”

Prince Harry confirmed he had been involved in the conversations but said he would never share the details.

It comes as…

  • Meghan broke down as she revealed 'I didn't want to live anymore'
  • Meghan claimed Kate made HER cry in row over flower girl dress
  • Harry and Meghan married three days before their wedding at Windsor Castle
  • Meghan said Archie wasn't made a prince after talks about his skin colour
  • Pregnant Meghan revealed she is expecting a GIRL
  • The 39-year-old told Oprah the Queen was 'always wonderful to me'
  • Prince Harry said his brother is 'trapped' in the Royal Family
  • A body language expert revealed Harry 'suppressed anger' when talking about being hurt by his family
  • Meghan was apparently left gutted when the Queen would not let her and Harry live in a wing at Windsor Castle
  • Archie's favourite word is 'hydrate' the proud parents revealed
  • Princess Diana would’ve been ‘very angry about how this panned out’, says Prince Harry
  • The Queen and Prince Philip were NOT the royals who expressed concern about Archie's skin colour, an expert has said.

He said: "At the time it was awkward but I was a bit shocked."

Minister for Children Vicky Ford has said today there is "no place for racism in our society" after Meghan said an un-named royal raised concerns about how dark their son Archie's skin tone might be before he was born.

She told BBC Breakfast she had not seen the interview but added: "There's no place for racism in our society and we all need to work together to stop it."  

Katie Nicholl, the Royal Editor of Vanity Fair, told Sky News that the situation is so much worse than she'd thought.

She said today: "I think the revelations came thick and fast, we were told Palace may want to hide behind sofa, but they needed a bomb shelter in all of this.

"Harry and Meghan have thrown bombs and they are going to watch the fallout and there is a huge amount of fall out."

Ms Nicholl added that the racism claim is "deeply, deeply damaging", although says Meghan was "very obviously woefully underprepared for this."

"That did strike me that she just clearly didn't know what she was letting herself in for."

She added that the Queen's aides stayed up overnight to watch the interview and will brief her over breakfast – will be "deeply upsetting" for her.

Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green also said this morning that the allegations made against the Royal Family are "really distressing and shocking."

Ms Green added: "And if there are allegations of racism, I would expect them to be treated by the Palace with the utmost seriousness and fully investigated.

"I'm sure that the Palace will be thinking very carefully and I certainly think people will be wondering what is going to be said.

"But theres never any excuse in any circumstance for racism and I think it's important that action is taken to investigate what are really shocking allegations."

BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond also said that the Firm is heading into its "worst-case scenario" territory after the Oprah interview.


He wrote: “The allegation that there were discussions in the palace about how dark Meghan’s first baby might be is a devastating one.

"This is heading into ‘worst-case scenario’ territory for the palace."

Charles Anson, the former press secretary to the Queen, said this morning: "I don't think the Palace will want to rush into making any statements on specific points.

"I think they'll want to take it carefully and constructively.

"The Queen's own view on Prince Harry and Meghan was that she was disappointed they wished to step back from public duties, but was very much wanting to take account of their wish to lead a more private life so they went to California very much with the family's best wishes."

He added that there is "no strand of racism within the royal household" and when they got married there was an "overwhelming sense of welcome for Meghan and their marriage".

Meanwhile, Chris Ship, ITV News' Royal Editor, claimed his sources said the conversation did not involve the Queen or her husband, Prince Philip.

The Royal expert told Good Morning Britain: "It was a conversation that Harry had with his family members.

"I should be clear here, I've been told it's not the Queen, and it's not the Duke of Edinburgh.

"So that only leaves two family members.

"The two people you are left with is either his father Prince Charles or his brother Prince William or their wives."

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