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Meghan Markle's claim regarding a reported racist comment directed at her unborn son's skin colour has been described as "unfair and appalling" by a palace insider.
During the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview in March last year, the Duchess of Sussex claimed that a member of the Royal Family had enquired about Archie's potential skin colour prior to this birth.
Meghan revealed that during discussions about the title her child might receive, some members of the Firm had “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
When asked for more details, the American said there were “several conversations” with Prince Harry about “what that would mean and what that would look like.”
Robert Jobson, author of the new book William at 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch – due to be released next month – said that "of all of the claims made during the two-hour long interview, these were without doubt the most damaging to the family".
Although the Sussexes didn't disclose the identity of the person who made the comment during the interview with Oprah, Harry did confirm that this was not the Queen nor Prince Philip.
According to Jobson, the couple "seriously considered" naming the royal who had made the quip, but chose not to as it would be very damaging to the Royal Family.
The author however claims that the mysterious identity was revealed to him by a palace insider.
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The source said: "It was not meant to be taken seriously and the entire situation has been taken out of context.
"What followed and the way in which it has been twisted is frankly unfair and appalling."
Buckingham Palace issued a statement following Meghan's revelation about the 'racist' comment, stating: “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.”
The Daily Star has approached the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as well as Buckingham Palace for comment.
William at 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch by Robert Jobson, published by Ad Lib on June 9 2022 (Hardback RRP £20)
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor
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