The royal family’s response to Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey has been shared publicly two days after the interview was aired on TV for the first time.
The statement, which was shared on behalf of the queen, begins by saying, “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.”
Today’s the day. Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A Primetime Special airs tonight at 8/7c on @CBS. #OprahMeghanHarry https://t.co/hHFppSFrW8— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah Winfrey)1615133036.0
It goes on to say, "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.”
This is likely in reference to one of the revelations made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the tell-all interview.
The duo told the host that the royal household had “conversations” with Harry about the colour of their child’s skin before he was born.
While they refused to reveal which family member made these comments, Winfrey later confirmed that it was neither the Queen nor Prince Phillip.
The statement from Buckingham Palace continues, “Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
It concludes by saying, "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
The statement comes after reports suggested the royal family was in crisis talks following the interview, which included several revelations about Harry and Meghan’s life as working royals.
Among other things, the couple mentioned a serious lack of access to mental health support and being cut off financially.
Markle also set the record straight about an alleged feud between herself and Kate Middleton, who she claims actually made her cry days before her wedding.