The silence was finally broken by Prince William who spoke publicly about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s interview for the first time on Thursday, rejecting claims that the royal family is racist.
“We’re very much not a racist family,” he told reporters during his visit to a London school, adding that he has not spoken to his brother “yet,” but plans to.
The interview that shook everyone’s attention is that of Harry and Meghan that was conducted by Oprah Winfrey. It aired on Sunday in the U.S. and featured shocking revelations of why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their royal roles and fled to America last year, including a claim that someone at the palace – but neither the queen nor Prince Philip – raised conversations when Meghan was pregnant about “how dark” her future baby’s “skin might be when born.”
William’s comments came with a formal statement was released on Tuesday by Buckingham Palace on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, saying that the couple’s accusations of racism and lack of support are taken “very seriously” and will be addressed by the royal family “privately.”
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning,” the statement read. “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.”
In the Oprah interview, Harry acknowledged a strain in his relationship with his older brother: “the relationship is spaced at the moment. And, you know, time heals all things, hopefully.”
He added at another point: “I love him to bits, we’ve been through hell together, we had a shared experience, but we’re on different paths.”
Prince Charles who is the father of both William and Harry. Made his first public appearance since the interview on Tuesday, and said nothing in response to reporters’ questions.
Of his father, Harry told Winfrey he had “two conversations with my father” before the two eventually stopped talking and admitted feeling “let down” by the Prince of Wales.
“Because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like and Archie is his grandson,” he said. “At the same time, I will always love him. I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”