Prince William responds to Harry and Meghan interview claims saying the Royal Family are 'very much not racist'

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Prince William has responded to claims made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah Winfrey, stating that the Royal Family are 'very much not racist'.

  • Prince William has broken his silence on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  • He and Kate Middleton headed out for a royal engagement at a school in London today.
  • When asked about the racism claims made during the long-awaited interview, William said that his family are "very much not racist".
  • This royal news (opens in new tab) comes after it was reported that Meghan Markle issued a formal complaint to ITV (opens in new tab) over Piers Morgan's comments about her.

Prince William commented on the explosive interview for the first time today as he stepped out with Kate Middleton for a royal visit to School21 in Stratford.

He revealed that he hasn't spoken to Prince Harry since the interview was aired and insisted that his family are "very much not racist".

Meghan Markle alleged that an unnamed member of the royal family expressed "concern" about the colour of baby Archie's skin (opens in new tab) before he was born and hinted that she felt his race may have played a part in him not being given a royal title (opens in new tab).

Meghan also shared that she faced dark times with her mental health, claiming that she reached out to The Firm (opens in new tab) about feeling suicidal but didn't receive any support.

During a conversation about Archie not being made a prince, Oprah asked Meghan, “Do you think it’s because of his race? I know that’s a loaded question.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton royal engagement to School21

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“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we had the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title and, also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Meghan told Oprah.

“They were concerned that if he were too brown that that would be a problem?,” Oprah later asked.

“If that’s the assumption you’re making…that would be a safe one,” Meghan responded.

Prince Harry and Prince William

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Following the shock accusations, Oprah revealed that Harry had asked her to ensure the world that it wasn't the Queen or Prince Philip (opens in new tab) who made the remarks about Archie's skin.

Stepping out for the first time since the interview today, Prince William said, "We are very much not a racist family," when asked about the claims.

"I haven't spoken to him yet but I plan to," he said of his brother, Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Oprah Winfrey interview

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The Queen has also responded to her Meghan and her grandson's interview, releasing a rare statement earlier this week.

"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. Whilst 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."

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for Goodto.com, 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).