By Glam & Essence
Two days after the two-hour tell-all interview that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle(the Duke and Duhess of Sussex) gave to Oprah Winfrey,one she skillfully handled and was watched by 17.1 million viewers in the U.S. and more than 12 million viewers in the U.K.
Queen Elizabeth11has finally responded to the many allegations raised in the interview.
According to her, the royal family will address allegations of racism within Buckingham Palace made by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex in their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The queen’s comments were her first since that interview, when Harry and Meghan Markle also revealed a lack of support by the royal family for the duchess’s mental health issues when she sought help as well as protect her from the severe media intrusion.
Hear her,”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.”
She stressed that,”The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.”
Queen Elizabeth said this in a statement issued at 5:30 p.m. London time, after hours of speculation about how she would respond to the claims.
The queen reiterated that,”Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Her statement broke the nerve racking silence from the royal family since the interview aired Sunday on CBS and by British broadcaster ITV on Monday night.
The palace was said to have held “crisis talks,” according to British media reports, including the BBC, with senior royals reported to have had urgent discussions over how to limit the fallout from the interview, which saw Harry and Meghan allege that a member of the royal family had questioned what skin tone their then-unborn child might have.
While many viewers were stunned to hear this and speculating on who the royal member(s) who could have said this about the unborn child was, Oprah Winfrey however later clarified that the royal who had made the comment was not Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip.