Nearly 48 hours after the airing of Oprah Winfrey's explosive interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Buckingham Palace issued a brief statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth.
"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," it began.
The statement went on to address Meghan and Harry's claim of racism within the palace: "The issue raised, particularly that of race, are conceding. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
It concluded, "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members."
The palace had been silent since Meghan and Harry's interview, which aired on CBS Sunday (March 7) in the U.S. and on British broadcaster ITV on Monday (March 8) in the U.K.
While chatting with Oprah about their departure from their royal duties, Harry and Meghan alleged, amongst other things, that a member of the royal family questioned Harry about what skin tone their then-unborn child might have.
While the couple refused to reveal who asked the question, they later told Oprah off-camera that it was neither Queen Elizabeth nor Prince Phillip.
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