Queen ‘didn’t denounce racism after Archie comments and cast doubt on Meghan’
Some royals weren’t “sympathetic” with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after the alleged comments about Archie’s skin tone and the Queen failed to denounce racism, a journalist has claimed.
Omid Scobie, who wrote Duke and Duchess of Sussex biography Finding Freedom, made the comments during a Foreign Press Association event in London.
During the couple’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan alleged that one senior royal had expressed concerns about how dark Archie’s skin would be.
She and Harry refused to identify to the family member, and Prince William later insisted that the royals were “very much not a racist family”.
Mr Scobie claimed that some royals weren’t “sympathetic” with Harry and Meghan after the comments were initially made, the Daily Mail reports.
He said: “There was one conversation that took place that affected them massively, when it came to someone within the royal family sharing concerns over the colour of Archie's skin.
“To Harry I can see how it is one conversation, to Meghan who would have been involved in the follow-up conversations I can see – because there were other people aware of this conversation within the family and within the institution, that did also speak about it, some not so sympathetically.
“So you then are in a position where you start to feel – well it's not just this one person, it's others as well and it becomes a much bigger issue.”
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The Queen later issued a statement, calling the issues “concerning”.
However, Her Majesty also said that “some recollections may vary”.
Mr Scobie claims the Queen “cast doubts on Harry and Meghan's version of events but didn't denounce racism in any way whatsoever”.
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He added: “Even when William said we are not a racist family, they didn't condemn racism in any form whatsoever.
“We do not see the Royal Family ever do that.”
Along with the allegations of racism, Meghan also claimed she was refused help after revealing she had been suffering from suicidal thoughts.
Earlier this week, reports suggested that she would not make it back for the unveiling of a statue in tribute to Princess Diana in the grounds of Kensington Palace on July 1.
The duchess is expected to stay at home with her daughter Lilibet.
However, Mr Scobie claims she is planning a trip back with Harry next year to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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The event will be Harry and William’s second face-to-face meeting since Megxit.
The feuding brothers were pictured chatting after Prince Philip’s funeral in April, but it is unclear how much progress was made during the “peace talks”.
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