Archie skin colour controversy: As Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey continues to send shockwaves across viewers, a key point of discussion seems to be the revelation that someone at Buckingham Palace was concerned about the skin colour of the couple’s son Archie before his birth.
Markle, in the two-hour-long CBS primetime special with Winfrey, said that discussions ensued in the royal family prior to the arrival of her first child in 2019, amid deliberations over giving him a royal title. “In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we [had] the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title. And, also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” she said.
Markle, an American, is of mixed-race descent, with her mother having African roots and father, European roots.
Harry added, “That conversation, I’m never going to share. It was awkward and I was a bit shocked.”
Though the couple did not name the royal member who made these remarks being deemed by social media users as indicative of the monarchy’s record of racism, there is high-octane speculation surrounding who that person was.
Archie Skin Colour Remarks: What We Know About Who Said It
Talking to her longtime friend and hosting colleague Gayle King, Winfrey revealed in the follow-up to her interview with the Sussexes that they wished to relay the Archie skin colour statements did not come from the top senior royals: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
“He (Harry) wanted to make sure that I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother, nor his grandfather that were part of those conversations,” Winfrey said.
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Archie skin colour remarks may have come from a senior royal member
Meanwhile former royal officer Julian Cook has been quoted saying there is “no way” of knowing whom the Archie skin colour comment came from, but suggests it may be an older person. “We’re looking for a senior Royal who has a history of making insensitive remarks. Someone older, perhaps, whose attitudes are not quite in step with modern times. It would have to be someone with a habit of saying what’s on their mind, no matter how shocking to others.”
Though she has amassed vast support across the world for baring details from inside the royal palace and her personal traumas, Markle has been critically slammed by the British press and royal experts who say her claims are going to be “devastating” for Buckingham.