‘We’re very much not a racist family’: Prince William on Harry and Meghan’s racism allegations

Prince William broke his silence on the allegations of racism made by his sister-in-law Meghan Markle over the weekend in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke of Cambridge said the royals are “very much not a racist family”.

Prince William added that he had not spoken to his brother but would do so.

Meghan and Prince Harry said a royal had expressed concern over “how dark” their son Archie’s skin might be.

Buckingham Palace previously said the claim was “concerning” but it would be addressed privately.

In a statement, the Palace said “recollections may vary” but that the Sussexes would “always be much loved family members”.

During a visit to a school in Stratford, east London, on Thursday, Prince William was asked by a reporter: “Is the Royal Family a racist family, sir?”

The duke replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”

Asked whether he had spoken to Prince Harry since the Oprah interview, Prince William said: “No, I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do.”

In the TV interview, Meghan told Oprah there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he was born”.

Both Prince Harry and Meghan refused to say who made the comment – but Harry later clarified to Oprah that it was not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh.

During the interview Harry also said it hurt him that his family never spoke out about the “colonial undertones” of news headlines and articles.

And asked by Oprah if the couple left the UK because of racism from the tabloid media, Harry replied: “It was a large part of it.”