Royal Family: Prince William Breaks His Silence
The Duke of Cambridge has broken his silence in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s highly critical interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, stating that the royals are “very much not a racist family”.
Prince William, who visited a school in Stratford, east London, today was asked by a reporter: “Is the royal family a racist family, Sir?” The Duke of Cambridge replied succinctly in a move described by BBC royal correspondent Sarah Campbell as disparate from his father the Prince of Wales “who would have avoided questions about the interview”. Campbell noted:
"Clearly Prince William felt strongly enough to feel that he had to address the issue and he did so quite directly. There have been headlines across the world intimating that the Royal Family is racist so this is the first time that one of the senior members has come out and rebutted that."
The Duke of Cambridge also revealed that he had not spoken to his brother the Duke of Sussex since the interview but “will do”.
William’s comments come in the aftermath of claims made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Sunday where they alleged that “conversations” had taken place between Harry and a senior member of the Royal Family discussing the skin tone of Harry and Meghan’s child. Prince Harry then revealed his frustrations with the royal family’s inability to “challenge” the “colonial undertones” in the media’s coverage of Meghan Markle.
The interview came after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to “step back” from their duties in the Royal Family last year and work to become “financially independent”.