By David Brophy
Prince William has defended the royal family against accusations of racism made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, insisting: “We are not racist”.
William made the comments during his first public appearance since highly contorversial claims by Harry and Meghan in their tell-all conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
Asked by a reporter during a visit to a school in east London, whether the royal family is a racist family, the duke replied: “We are very much not a racist family.”
The reporter also asked if he had spoken to Harry after the tell-all chat, to which William replied: “No, I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will do.”
In a statement released yesterday, Buckingham Palace said the royal family was taking the allegations of racism “very seriously”, despite “some recollections” among royals varying.
The statement said: “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. Whilst 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.”
William and Kate were visiting the school to mark the return of children to classes and promote a mental health project that the duchess launched in primary schools in 2018.