One of the most shocking allegations that came out of the two-hour TV special was the claim that “concerns” had been raised from within the royal family about the colour of Meghan and Harry’s child’s skin.
A palace statement released on behalf of the Queen on Tuesday said the “whole family is saddened” by how “challenging” the previous years have been for the royal couple.
It added that the allegations of racism are “concerning” and will be “addressed by the family privately.”
On Tuesday, Piers Morgan announced he would be quitting his role as Good Morning Britain co-host following a backlash to his comments about not believing Meghan saying she experienced suicidal thoughts while in the royal family.
Meanwhile, the head of the journalism trade body the Society of Editors has also stepped down after the organisation came under fire for its response to the couple’s accusations of racism in the UK media.
Prince William and Kate Middleton visit east London school in first public outing since Oprah interview
Prince William and Kate Middleton have made their first public appearance since the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, in which they accused a member of the royal family of making a racist comment about the colour of their son’s skin.
Today, William and Kate toured School21 in Stratford, east London, to mark the return of children to classes this week.
The visit was also to mark the rollout of a mental health project Kate launched in primary schools in 2018 that is now going to be expanded to secondary schools.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit east London school
As William left the visit, a reporter asked him: “Is the royal family a racist family, sir?”
He replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
How to read between the lines of Buckingham Palace’s response to Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview
Now that the British public has had a few days to digest everything Harry and Meghan said in the landmark interview with Oprah earlier this week – and Buckingham Palace has now issued its response – it’s time to think a bit more about the long-term implications of all this.
Writing for The Independent, royal expert Victoria Murphy explains what we can understand from all of the startling revelations and claims made by Harry and Meghan – and the meaning behind the palace’s 64-word response.
“In just 24 hours, the criticism has started to come in that the brief response is not enough; that more is needed to specifically address the most serious claims made,” she writes.
‘We are not a racist family’: Prince William speaks out after Meghan interview with Oprah
Prince William has said that the royal family is “not racist” in his first public comment since the landmark Oprah interview aired.
In a video clip shared on Twitter, a reporter is heard asking the Duke of Cambridge if he has spoken to his brother, Prince Harry, since the interview came out.
“I haven’t spoken to my brother, yet, no, but I will do,” he replied.
The reporter asked William if the royal family was a “racist family”, to which he replied: “We are very much not a racist family”
Sharon Osbourne criticised for defending Piers Morgan
Morgan quit Good Morning Britian on Tuesday after making widely derided comments about Meghan Markle’s mental health.
The TV host said that he “didn’t believe” the duchess’s admission that she had experienced suicidal thoughts while in the royal family.
“@piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you,” Osbourne tweeted on Wednesday. “People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
Osbourne defended Morgan again on Wednesday during an appearance on The Talk.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist,” Osbourne said before tearfully asking The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood to tell her incidents where she’d heard Morgan “say racist things”.
Underwood replied that it wasn’t “exact words of racism” but “the implication and the reaction to it” and that she wasn’t trying to accuse Osbourne of being racist.
ITV lost £300m in market value after Piers Morgan’s departure from Good Morning Britain
Within just a few hours of the presenter quitting, ITV’s share price had fallen by 6.5 per cent.
Morgan announced he would be leaving the show on Tuesday following a backlash to his comments on Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Commenting on Meghan explaining she had felt suicidal during her time in the royal family, Morgan said on air he “didn’t believe a word” of her story, prompting widespread criticism from mental health campaigners and charities.
Society of Editors chief resigns over body’s response to Meghan racism claims
The head of the Society of Editors, Ian Murray, has stepped down after the organisation came under fire for its response to Harry and Meghan’s accusations of racism made in the bombshell Oprah interview.
Murray said he must “take the blame” and step aside following heavy criticism of the industry body.
It comes after the society responded to claims of racism in the media levelled by Harry and Meghan with a statement denying the claims – saying “the UK media is not bigoted and will not be swayed from its vital role holding the rich and powerful to account”.
The statement sparked a major backlash, leading the body to respond by stating that their statement was “made in that spirit” of defending freedom of speech, “but did not reflect what we all know: that there is a lot of work to be done in the media to improve diversity and inclusion”.
Former MI5 chief enlisted to defuse ‘bombshells’ dropped by Harry and Meghan
Lord Andrew Parker, former head of MI5, has been called upon to address Harry and Meghan’s claims of institutional racism within the royal family as the new head of Royal household.
He will take on the role on 1 April, replacing Lord Peel, and one of his first duties is set to be addressing the fallout from the Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Lord Parker is expected to address the couple’s claims that “the Firm” did not do enough to support them, particularly with regards to Meghan when she claims she was denied help for her deteriorating mental health.
Beyoncé thanks Meghan Markle for ‘courage and leadership’
Many celebrities have spoken out in support of Harry and Meghan since the bombshell Oprah interview aired.
But the latest A-lister to speak out has got people talking. It is none other than Beyoncé, who shared a picture of her and Meghan meeting at the 2019 European premiere of The Lion King in a front page post on her website.
“Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership,” the singer wrote. “We are all strengthened and inspired by you.”