Following the interview between Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that aired on TV this weekend, the Canadian PM has been asked for his opinion on what the interview means for Canada and beyond.
During a COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, March 9, a reporter asked Trudeau "How do you reconcile your support for the monarchy with your stated desire to dismantle the legacy of colonialism in this country?"
After previously stating that he wouldn’t be speculating on what Prince Harry and Meghan told Oprah, Trudeau did admit that “there are many institutions that we have in this country … that has and is built around a system of colonialism, discrimination and systematic racism.”
“But the answer is not to suddenly toss out all the institutions and start over,” he said.
“The answer is to look very carefully at those systems and listen to Canadians who face discrimination every single day to understand the barriers, inequities and inequalities that exist within our institutions that need to be addressed.”
“That's what fighting systemic discrimination is all about: Listening, learning and transforming our institutions.”
“Obviously I wish all members of the Royal Family the very best … but my focus is on, as we’ve said, getting through this pandemic,” Trudeau added.
The prime minister's comments come as members of the Royal Family are reportedly in crisis talks following the tell-all interview between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday night.
An official response from the family says they're "saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.”
During the interview, the couple made several significant revelations about their life as working royals, including saying that the royal household had “conversations” about the colour of their child’s skin before he was born.
While it seems Trudeau was reluctant to speak out about the interview, other high-profile celebrities and politicians have responded via social media.