Who is the 'racist' royal? Media on hunt to uncover who questioned Meghan and Harry's son Archie's skin color
Among the many revelations from Meghan's interview with Oprah, the most shocking revelation was that an unnamed royal spoke with Prince Harry regarding Archie's skin color
Meghan Markle's and Prince Harry's exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey in a two-hour special aired on CBS on March 7, Sunday night, and has since created a ripple effect on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. During the interview, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, sat down with Oprah to speak about her time with the royal family and what let her and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex to distance themselves from the rest of the British monarchy.
Among the many revelations, which included Meghan admitting to having "suicidal thoughts" while being pregnant with Archie, their first son, and not receiving any help from the palace, the most shocking revelation was that an unnamed royal had "several conversations" with Prince Harry regarding Archie's skin color.
According to Meghan, "there were several conversations with Harry" on the matter of Archie's skin color. "In the months when I was pregnant, all around the same time, so we have in tandem 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 said.
When pressed further by Oprah, all Meghan revealed was that the conversations were around "what that would mean and what that would look like."
When Harry joined the interview, he reiterated the claim, however, it was noted that both Harry and Markle gave differing accounts of when the racist conversation took place. While Meghan said that the conversations happened while she was pregnant with Archie, Harry said it happened "right at the beginning" of their relationship and was asked what his kids will look like.
Harry and Meghan both refused to identify the individual, with Markle saying that it would be "damaging" for the royal family. While speculations arose on whether the unnamed royal member could be Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Oprah later said on 'CBS This Morning' that Prince Harry told her that neither Queen Elizabeth II nor Prince Philip was involved in these conversations.
Oprah said, "He did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure that I knew and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather that were a part of those conversations.”
With the lack of response to the many allegations made by Meghan and Harry from the Palace, British media outlets like The Daily Mail and The Times have sparked a hunt to uncover the identity of the royal family member who made the racist remarks.
According to The Daily Mail, Jonathan Dimbleby, the biographer to the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, told BBC Radio 4 that he could not believe that the remarks would have been made by him, saying, "He is someone whose professional personal life has been dedicated to bringing people together, not pulling them apart."
The Daily Beast reported that "realistically", the only royal family members who could have been involved in the conversations in question could have been those senior to Harry, and that it was "simply not conceivable" that minor royals such as Prince Andrew or Prince Edward would have been involved in the discussions.
The publication also noted that by exonerating Philip, "Harry seems to have pointed the finger at one of two people: Prince William or Prince Charles." However, while Harry had only good words for his brother despite current difficulties saying he loved him "to bits," Harry was forthcoming about his father, saying that he felt let down by his father, who had stopped taking his calls.
During the interview, Harry said that Charles is taking his calls now, saying, "Yeah. Yeah, he is. There’s a lot to work through there, you know? I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and this is — and Archie’s his grandson."
"But, at the same time, you know, of course, I will always, I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened. And I will continue to, to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship. But they only know what they know, and that’s the thing… I’ve tried to educate them through the process that I have been educated."