Meghan Markle has responded to a report that she corresponded along with her father-in-law King Charles following her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. A report published by The Telegraph alleged that the Duchess of Sussex wanted to deal with “unconscious bias inside the royal family” after telling Oprah that when she became pregnant along with her and Prince Harry’s eldest son, Archie, there have been “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin could be when he’s born.”
On Saturday afternoon, a representative for the Duchess of Sussex posted on social media in response and gave an announcement to People reading:
“The Duchess of Sussex goes about her life in the current, not serious about correspondence from two years ago related to conversations from 4 years ago. Any suggestion otherwise is fake and admittedly ridiculous. We encourage tabloid media and various royal correspondents to stop the exhausting circus that they alone are creating.”
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The letter Meghan supposedly sent was in response to the now King writing to her, expressing his disappointment that there was a rift between himself and his youngest son. The Duke and Duchess moved to California after stepping down as working members of the royal family. The correspondence reportedly contained the name of the member of the family who questioned Archie’s potential skin color they usually agreed it was not necessarily a comment made with “malice intended.”
Because the Oprah interview, Meghan and Harry have revealed way more in regards to the pressure and scrutiny they received from their U.K. family and the British press once they were living overseas. While promoting his memoir Spare in January, Harry discussed the interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby and walked back a few of the assumptions made by viewers.
“Within the Oprah interview, you accuse members of your loved ones of racism,” Bradby began.
“No, the British press said that, right?” Harry answered. “Did Meghan ever mention ‘they’re racists?’”
He went on, “The difference between racism and unconscious bias… the 2 things are different… Once it has been acknowledged or identified to you as a person, otherwise an establishment, that you’ve gotten unconscious bias, you, due to this fact, have a chance to learn and grow from that… otherwise, unconscious bias then moves into the category of racism.”
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will probably be released by Dial Press in February 2022.