Prince Harry said on Sunday that he did not regard a member of the British royal family who inquired about the skin color of his and his wife Meghan’s unborn baby as “racist”.
The Prince and Meghan had told Oprah Winfrey in 2021 the story of an unnamed royal family repeatedly asking about the skin color of their unborn son Archie.
It became one of the most talked about points on the show, which also accused British tabloids of racist treatment of Meghan, and sparked a rare reaction from the Palace.
Harry denied accusing the king of racism, in an interview broadcast on British ITV television on Sunday to promote his memoir “Spare”.
“No, I didn’t. The British press said so,” Harry said, adding that Meghan hadn’t called the royals “racist” either.
Harry said that “because he had lived in that family”, he blamed the incident on “unconscious bias”.
“My understanding is because of my own experience – the difference between racism and unconscious bias, the two things are different,” said the prince.
His comments came after a recent embarrassing incident late last year when a royal attendant asked a black British charity leader at a reception where she was “really from”.
The elderly aristocrat resigned and later apologized personally.
Harry’s wife Meghan is of mixed race and she told Winfrey that Harry had given her details of several conversations about how dark their baby’s complexion would be.
Winfrey asked if they were worried the baby would be “too tan” and Meghan replied, “I couldn’t pinpoint why, but that — if that’s the assumption you’re making, I think that feels pretty safe.” a.”
Meghan said naming the royal responsible would be “deeply detrimental to them”.
The Winfrey interview prompted Buckingham Palace to issue a rare statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II saying that “the issues raised, particularly those of race, are of concern”.
“While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be discussed privately by the family,” the statement said.
Prince William told reporters at the time that “we are not a racist family at all”.
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