Harry and Meghan: Racism claims ‘matter for palace’, says Boris Johnson’s office

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Downing Street has refused to comment on the Duchess of Sussex’s suggestions of racism.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Boris Johnson had not watched the Oprah Winfrey interview.

Asked whether Mr Johnson agreed with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer that the allegations needed to be taken seriously, the spokesman said: “It is a matter for the Palace but the Prime Minister hasn’t seen those interviews.”

Asked again whether Boris Johnson believed allegations of racism should be taken seriously, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Neither he nor I have seen the interview.”

Asked whether it was unacceptable to ask questions about the skin colour of an unborn child, the spokesman said Mr Johnson had previously said there was “no place in society” for racism.

The spokesman said he was unaware whether a transcript of the interview had been shown to the Prime Minister.

The aide also said he had not discussed the interview – which has dominated the news agenda in the UK and been covered around the world – with the Prime Minister.

Labour has said any allegations of racism should be investigated by Buckingham Palace after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed a royal had raised concerns about how dark their son’s skin tone might be before he was born.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said claims by the American duchess, the first mixed-race person to marry a British senior royal in modern history, were “really distressing, shocking”.

“And if there are allegations of racism, I would expect them to be treated by the palace with the utmost seriousness and fully investigated,” she told Sky News.

During the couple’s candid interview, a stunned Winfrey asked of the comments on Archie’s skin tone: “What? Who is having that conversation?”

Meghan paused and said there were “several conversations” with Harry about Archie’s skin tone, and “what that would mean or look like”.

Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”

Pushed by Winfrey on who had those conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”

Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday, March 8. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub



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