Queen and Prince Philip not behind comments about colour of Archie’s skin

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The Queen and Prince Philip were not behind “concerns” about the colour of Archie’s skin when Meghan was pregnant, Oprah Winfrey says.

The talk show host said Prince Harry insisted that she should tell people his grandmother and grandfather were not involved.

In unaired clips from Sunday night’s show shown on CBS News, Prince Harry also said the Queen was suddenly too busy to meet him at Sandringham in January last year.

Harry also added the UK press was “inherently corrupt or racist or biased” and was “a large part” behind him deciding to leave the country.

The two-hour interview – Oprah With Meghan And Harry on US television on Sunday night went further than many expected and has made headlines around the world.

New clips aired on breakfast television in America this morning as reaction to the dramatic interview continues – but Buckingham Palace have so far not commented.

What did they say?

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Meghan claimed one member of the family had raised “concerns” about the colour of Archie’s skin when she was pregnant.

She also revealed she had suicidal thoughts, saying “I just didn’t want to be alive any more”, and denied reports she had made Kate cry ahead of her wedding, claiming “the reverse happened”.

Prince Harry admitted to a rift with his father and said Prince Charles stopped taking his calls when the couple left for a new life in America.

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The Duke of Sussex also claimed he had been “trapped” in the royal system – “like the rest of my family”.

During the interview the couple told Winfrey they were expecting a girl and spoke of their “fairytale” life in California.

What’s been the reaction so far?

In the UK, late editions of the newspapers featured headlines such as “Meg: I Felt Suicidal”, “They asked how dark Archie’s skin would be”, and “Meghan’s bombshell: Kate Made Me Cry!”.

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Late editions of UK papers led featured details of the interview

Sky News will air a special programme, Harry & Meghan: The Royal Rift, at 7pm tonight

American media also led with the story.

CNN’s headline was “Bombshells in royal interview”, Fox News referred to the revelations as “Spilling The Tea”, while the New York Times reported on Meghan’s suicidal feelings.

Social media users have so far been largely sympathetic towards the duke and duchess.

Sky’s royal correspondent, Rhiannon Mills, said the content of the interview made it impossible for Buckingham Palace not to comment and stick to the usual rule of “never complain, never explain”.

What have the couple’s friends said?

As the fallout continues, Meghan has received support from the likes of her friend and tennis star Serena Williams and US poet and activist Amanda Gorman.

Williams tweeted to say the duchess was her “selfless friend” who “teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble”.

Gorman, who became well known after a powerful performance at Joe Biden’s inauguration, said the royals had missed the “greatest opportunity for change” and “didn’t just maltreat her light”.

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