Palace responds to Meghan’s bombshell race claim saying ‘recollections may vary’

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Buckingham Palace has finally responded to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex levelled a series of dramatic allegations against the Royal Family during their sit down chat with the legendary US TV host.

And now, the palace has finally formally responded with a statement from the Queen herself.

It reads: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

"While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

In the bombshell chat, Meghan claimed that she was refused help after revealing she had been suffering from suicidal thoughts, and said a royal had expressed concerns about how dark Archie's skin would be.

Harry alleged that the couple were financially cut off in the first quarter of 2020, and that dad Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls after Megxit.

The pair generally avoided criticising the Queen, with Meghan at one point calling her "warm and engaging".

A senior palace source also responded to the interview, telling the Mirror: "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.

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"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.

"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."

However, at one point Harry claimed she invited him and Meghan to stay at the Sandringham estate during Megxit negotiations – before cancelling the visit.

The Duke of Sussex said they were meant to stay there overnight having got back from Canada on January 6.

However, Harry claimed he then got a message from Her Majesty’s private secretary saying she was “busy all week”.

The Duchess of Sussex also responded to a claim that she had made Kate Middleton cry.

Meghan hit back and said the “reverse happened”, telling Oprah that the Duchess of Cambridge had left her in tears during wedding planning.

She said she did not want to be “disparaging to anyone” and claimed Kate apologised with flowers and a note “to take accountability”.

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It was not a “confrontation” and it would not be “fair” to Kate to go into detail, she said, adding it was “hard to get over” being blamed for something she did not do.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams earlier told the Daily Star that the content of the interview would leave the Queen “distressed”.

“The big problem with this is it is obvious revenge. I always said that they needn’t have done this.

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“I said it because what was so important was they were doing so well … child two is due in the summer, they’ve got Netflix and Spotify deals, and if the pandemic permits, they’ll launch Archewell.

“They’ve won their case against Associated Newspapers, they could have talked to Oprah about other matters – motherhood and philanthropy and the future.”

Asked how Her Majesty might respond, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “I think she will be much distressed by it because it’s an attack on the monarchy and she is its head, there’s no doubt about. I mean, it is a form of revenge.”

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  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Royal Family

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