- Meghan and Harry reportedly considered naming royals who made racist comments about their son.
- A source told the “Finding Freedom” authors that they ultimately decided against this.
- The couple told Oprah Winfrey that there were concerns about how dark Archie’s skin would be.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex considered naming the royals who took part in racist conversations about their son’s skin color, according to their biography “Finding Freedom.”
The couple told Oprah Winfrey on March 7 that there had been “concerns and conversations” about how dark Archie Harrison’s skin color would be before he was born. And while Prince Harry told Winfrey that he is “never going to share” the specific details of the conversation, nor would he name the royals involved, the couple reportedly considered doing so at one point.
“While a source said that the couple considered sharing this detail, they decided not to,” biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in the revised version of the book.
Winfrey later told “CBS This Morning” that Harry had confirmed it was not the Queen or Prince Philip who took part in the discussions.
The royal family’s reactions to the interview were varied, with Prince William telling reporters that the royals are “not a racist family” days after it aired in the UK.
Meanwhile, the Queen announced that Harry and Markle’s allegations of racism would be investigated.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on behalf of the Queen on March 9. “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
Scobie and Durand wrote that this Queen’s statement “‘did not go unnoticed’ by the couple, who a close source said were ‘not surprised’ that full ownership was not taken.”
“‘Months later and little accountability has been taken,’ a pal of Meghan added. ‘How can you move forward with that?'” the book reads.
“Finding Freedom” was originally published on August 11, 2020. The revised version of the book will be released in paperback on Tuesday.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.