Meghan never accused the Royal Family of being racist, Harry claims

Prince Harry has claimed that his wife Meghan Markle did not accuse the Royal Family of racism during the pair's sit-down with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

The Duke of Sussex's ITV interview with Tom Bradby on Sunday (January 8) covered topics such as Harry's trauma over the passing of his mother Princess Diana as well as the fallout between him and the Royal Family.

However, the Prince's conversation with Bradby on the issue of racism snatched headlines.

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The journalist began by saying: "A couple of things, you talk about accountability, [Mm] in the Oprah interview you accused members of your family of racism", to which Harry: "No I didn't… The British press said that".

Harry then added: "Did – did Meghan ever mention that they're racist?"

The pair are referring to the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan when the former actress said that an unknown member of the Royal Family privately voiced concerns to Harry on the skin colour of their then-unborn son, Archie.

When asked whether that concern over Archie's skin colour was racist, Harry said he wouldn't classify it as such, due to his experiences within the family.

He implied that rather than racism, it was unconscious bias that was at the forefront of the controversy.

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"So again going – going back to the difference between what my understanding is because of my own experience, the difference between racism and unconscious bias, the two things are different," he told Bradby.

"But once it's been acknowledged, or pointed out to you as an individual, or as an institution, that you have unconscious bias, you therefore have an opportunity to learn and grow from that in order so that you are part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

"Otherwise unconscious bias then moves into the category of racism."

Harry's refusal to denounce the comments from the unidentified member of the Royal Family as racist led one Twitter user to say that he was "back peddling".

"Back pedalling here Harry unconscious bias not racism but your whole Oprah interview was predicated on the racism within the family. Make your mind up. And what you fail to understand is that the monarchy cannot survive without the press," the user wrote.

Robert Jobson, the royal editor at the Evening Standard, said Harry putting the blame on the press is "utter rubbish".

He tweeted: "So it’s the British Press who called The Royal Family “racist” now over Archie’s skin tone on Oprah. What utter rubbish.

"Meghan smeared the royal family and he didn’t back it up and then goes off about unconscious bias."


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