Buckingham Palace has responded to the tell-all interview Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan gave Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday night on CBS.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the palace said in a statement shared with BAZAAR.com. “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
The statement concluded with, “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
During their interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex disclosed several shocking revelations from their time as working senior members of the royal family, including Meghan’s mental health struggles and internal conversations within the palace concerning the skin color of their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
“In those months, when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we had in tandem the conversation of [Archie] won’t be given security, he won’t be given a title … and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin will be when he’s born,” said Meghan. “That was relayed to me from Harry, that was from conversations that family had with him. It was really hard to see those as compartmentalized conversations.”
Off camera, Harry told Winfrey that those racist conversations did not involve his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, though he would not reveal the exact identity of the person or persons in question.
“He did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure that I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather, who were a part of those conversations,” Winfrey told Gayle King yesterday on CBS This Morning.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.