The recent controversy involving Meghan Markle’s accusations of racism against her inlaws — the British Royal Family — dominated headlines this week after she and husband Prince Harry gave a bombshell interview to television host Oprah Winfrey.
According to PJ Media, in an official statement from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II responded to the matter on Tuesday, making clear that the accusations leveled against them would be taken seriously while also taking a subtle jab at the validity of the accusations in the same breath.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the statement read. “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
The statement came in the wake of Markle — an ultra-successful American actress — told Oprah that there were times that she contemplated suicide, saying she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.” Markle claims she went to the “institution” — a group that oversees the Royal Family — and asked for help, only to be told that it wouldn’t be the best optics for her to do so.
Markle went on to drop the bombshell racism accusation, saying that when she was pregnant, she was told there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Given the current, ultra-sensitive racial climate the Western world is currently experiencing, Markle’s accusation quickly went viral, with nearly every talk show and news broadcast touching on the subject. Not surprisingly, the issue quickly turned political, with right-leaning pundits criticizing Markle and those toward the left taking a stand for her.
Some have criticized Markle for taking the issue public before giving the queen the opportunity to address the issue in a private manner like most royal-related issues are handled.
Only time will tell how the controversial story ends, but politics aside, it’s crystal clear at this point that Markle and Prince Harry very clearly and formally separated themselves from the Royal Family, for better or worse.