Meghan Markle claims senior royal had concerns about 'how dark' Archie's skin would be

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Meghan Markle has claimed that she and Prince Harry were questioned about the colour of baby Archie's skin by a royal family member, before he was born.

The Duke and Duchess' tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the USA during the early hours of this morning in UK time.

In the long-awaited chat about their time in the royal spotlight and their experience stepping down, it was claimed by Meghan that their son Archie's skin colour had been a 'concern' among the royal family, prior to his birth.

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Meghan, who is currently pregnant with her and Harry's second child, reported how her husband had informed her of conversations with his family about the colour of Archie's skin, as well as how he would not be given a royal title or his own private security.

Despite being seventh in the royal line of succession and the son of Harry, who could one day be king, Archie was not given a HRH title.

Since Archie's birth and leaving the royal family, the couple have started afresh in their new LA home and announced they are set to welcome a baby girl.

"In those months when I was pregnant, we had in tandem the conversations of him not being given security or a title, and also concerns about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.

"They didn't want him to be a prince or princess and that he wasn't going to receive security."

When Oprah asked which royal family member had asked about baby Archie's skin colour, Meghan refused to reveal their name, saying, "I think that would be very damaging to them."

"That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations," she added.

However, Meghan said earlier in the interview that Her Majesty the Queen had "always been wonderful" to her and said she "loved being in her company".

Caitlin Elliott
Junior News Editor

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).