Prince William speaks out on royal family ‘racism’ and his future relationship with brother Harry

The Duke of Cambridge breaks his silence following Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah interview

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits Cardiff Castle on December 8, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking a short tour of the UK, using the Royal train,
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Prince William has broken his silence on the royal racism claims made by brother Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following their tell-all Oprah interview.

The Duke of Cambridge made his first public appearance with his wife Kate Middleton since the show aired on CBS in America on Sunday and on ITV in the UK on Monday, as they attended a school today (Thursday, 11th March).

William broke his silence when quizzed by a member of the press outside School 21 in Stratford, East London. 

“Sir have you spoken to your brother since the interview?” asked the reporter. 

To which Prince William replied, “No I haven't spoken to him yet but I will do.”

The reporter further asked, “And can you just let me know is the royal family a racist family, Sir?” To which the Duke stressed, “We are very much not a racist family.”

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Prince William is the first member of the royal family to personally respond to the allegation of racism made by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, following the Queen's careful and constructive response to grandson Harry and Meghan’s interview.

Meghan claimed a senior royal raised concerns about “how dark” her unborn son Archie would be – an allegation which shocked both the interviewer Oprah Winfrey and viewers around the world.

Oprah later revealed that the senior royal who made the comment wasn't either the Queen or Prince Philip, who currently remains in hospital following heart surgery.

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Meghan also denied claims she made Kate Middleton cry, telling Oprah it was the other way round, that she had been left in tears by Kate over the flower girl dresses in the lead up to the royal wedding.

And the Duchess of Sussex also broke down in tears when she told her husband she “didn't want to be alive any more."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were promoting a children’s mental health initiative today.

If you missed Prince Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah, here’s how you can watch it from anywhere in the world.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.