Meghan Markle Says Royal Family Expressed Racist Concerns About Her Son's Skin Color

The Duchess of Sussex also said that Archie, her son with Prince Harry, was not offered a title or protection by the British royal family.

In a remarkably candid interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night, Meghan Markle revealed that the royal family had 鈥渃oncerns and conversations鈥 about how dark the color of Archie鈥檚 skin might be when he was born.

The Duchess of Sussex said that conversations were relayed to Prince Harry from members of the family. When Oprah asked who was facilitating those conversations, Meghan refused to answer.

鈥淚 think that would be very damaging to them,鈥 Meghan said.

Harry, who joined Meghan later in the interview, would not reveal what transpired in the conversation about Archie鈥檚 skin color with other members of the royal family.

鈥淭hat conversation I鈥檓 never going to share,鈥 he said. 鈥淎t the time, it was awkward. I was a little bit shocked.鈥

The last few months of the duchess鈥檚 pregnancy with her first child with Prince Harry were engulfed in controversy over the royal family deciding not to grant Archie a title of prince or to give him protection. She said there was no explanation for why their son would not receive the same treatment as other grandchildren.

鈥淭he most important title I will ever have is mom,鈥 Meghan said. 鈥淭he idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea that the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be. The other piece of that conversation; there鈥檚 the George V or George VI convention that when you鈥檙e the grandchild of a monarch, so when Harry鈥檚 dad becomes king, automatically Archie and our next baby would become prince or princess or whatever they鈥檙e going to be.鈥


Meghan also talked about the importance of representation, mentioning her travels through the Commonwealth and how men and women talked about how happy they were to see someone who looked like them in her position. The royal family鈥檚 disparaging remarks about Archie鈥檚 skin color were hard for her to understand, she said.

鈥淚 could never understand how it wouldn鈥檛 be seen as an added benefit and a reflection of the world today, especially right now, to go how inclusive is that that you can see someone who looks like you in this family, much less someone who was born into it,鈥 she said.

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