‘It wasn’t a complete surprise’: Michelle Obama on racism allegations against British monarchy

The allegations of racism levelled by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex against unnamed members of the British monarchy has left several divided. Michelle Obama, former first lady thought Meghan’s allegations were shocking but not surprising.

In an interview to NBC’s “Today” show, Obama spoke about her thoughts on Meghan’s experiences with the family.

“Race isn’t a new construct in this world for people of colour. So it wasn’t a complete surprise to hear her feelings and to have them articulated,” Obama said.

Meghan accused Britain’s royal family of raising concerns about how dark their son, Archie’s skin might be and pushing her to the brink of suicide, in a tell-all television interview to celebrity interviewer Oprah Winfrey. The two hour long interview was one of the biggest royal tell-all since Harry’s mother Princess Diana narrated her crumbling marriage in 1995.

Responding to the startling revelations the Buckingham Palace in a statement said the family was saddened to learn of the challenges Harry and Meghan had faced in the past few years and that they would address these issues privately.

When questioned by the press the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William claimed the royals are “very much not a racist family”.

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