Queen ‘backs William’ defending royals after Harry and Meghan’s racism claims

The Queen is reported to be supporting Prince William after he said the royals were "not a racist family".

On Thursday the Duke of Cambridge became the first senior royal to speak out publicly following his younger brother's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

"We are very much not a racist family," he told Sky News while he and Kate Middleton were visiting School 21 in Stratford, east London, to mark the reopening of schools.

When asked if he'd spoken to his brother, William said: "No, I haven't spoken to him yet but I will do."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sparked international outrage when they claimed an unnamed family member had expressed concern over how dark their son Archie's skin would be.

The Queen released an official statement on Tuesday in response, saying she was "saddened" by the interview but "recollections may vary".

Both Buckingham Palace and Clarence House were said to be supportive of William's comments, sources say in Daily Mail reports.

Palace insiders reportedly said William had done "very well given the emotion and enormity of it all".

He and Kate are said to have been very upset by the allegations levelled against their family in the Oprah interview.

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Harry also claimed that he and Meghan had been financially cut off in the first quarter of 2020.

When Oprah pressed him on his relationship with his dad, the Duke of Sussex said that the Prince of Wales had stopped taking his calls after "Megxit", when the couple stepped down from the Royal Family.

On Tuesday Prince Charles was visiting an NHS vaccine clinic in north London when he was asked if he had seen Harry and Megan's interview with Oprah.

As he left the clinic, one reporter asked: "Sir, what did you think of the interview?"

After turning to see who had called out, he laughed and carried on walking.

After days of silence following the interview, the Queen released a short statement reading: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"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.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members."

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