Charles ‘took lead’ in royal’s response to Oprah chat claims, expert believes

Prince Charles “took the lead” in responding to the allegations of racism made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their interview with Oprah Winfrey, a royal expert believes.

The couple made several allegations in the bombshell interview, one of which was a claim that a member of the Royal Family had “conversations” about the colour of Archie’s skin.

Meghan also went into detail about how she was unable to get help after she had suicidal thoughts, reports the Mirror.

After a 56-hour wait, the Palace released their statement, which included what appeared to be a clap back against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The statement included the line: "Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

The message came from the Queen directly, but royal expert Robert Jobson thought that Charles may have led the discussions on how to respond to the allegations.

In an article for Hello! Magazine, the expert said: “I think the Prince of Wales has also taken the lead on how the palace has responded.

"The Queen is 94 and the Duke of Edinburgh is incapacitated, so he will be trying to placate and learn lessons from this so something can be worked out to everyone's satisfaction.”

He added: "The Royal Family like to do things as a team, and if the team is being trashed they like to react as a unit and a family."

Jobson went to praise the Queen’s response, calling it “dignified”.

There were reports that a more conciliatory statement aimed at “de-escalating tensions” had been offered to the Queen, but she had refused to sign off on it.

The source said: "At the heart of all of this there is a family.

"They should be given the opportunity to discuss the issues raised privately, as a family.

"It has been important for us to carefully consider any response before issuing; and of course releasing something today meant viewers in the UK had the opportunity to watch the interview, if they wished to, first.

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"Diversity, equality, inclusion and mental health are important issues and highlighting that has formed part of the work of Members of the Royal Family for many years.”

The Daily Mail reported that the Queen had spoken with her son Charles and grandson William before signing off on the statement.

A source at the Palace told the Daily Mail: “The ­overriding feeling throughout this whole sorry saga is one where many people, especially the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, have been left immensely saddened.

“There is a distinct feeling inside the camp there must have been a better way to solve the issues by coming together, rather than the nuclear ­decision that has resulted in ­everything being discussed so publicly and without reason.

“When all is said and done, no one is likely to come off smelling of roses.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the nature of the discussions.

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