'The Whole Family Is Saddened': Queen Elizabeth II Responds To Prince Harry's Bombshell Interview, Says 'Issues Raised, Particularly That Of Race, Are Concerning'

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Mar. 9 2021, Updated 1:04 p.m. ET

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The Queen has spoken! After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview, in which they claimed some members of the royal family were "concerned" over Archie's skin color, the 94-year-old addressed the accusations.

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“The following statement is issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,” the statement, which was shared on social media on Tuesday, March 9, began.

“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”  

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Just one day after the interview aired, royal expert Omid Scobie said: "I spent much of this morning on the phone and texts to various aides at the royal households to try and get reaction or comment to the claims made by the couple There has, of course, been none from the palace so far but I do understand that they are taking their time to work on an appropriate statement."

"I think we can expect something this week," he added. "What that will say or address is another issue altogether."

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As for why the Queen didn't speak up sooner, royal biographer Angela Levin claimed: “The queen has a motto: Never complain, never explain. And she’s stuck with this for four decades. But I think in this climate and 2021, everything goes everywhere. There’s so much social media that in this instance, she really can’t not say anything.

Harry only shared positive things about his grandmother while speaking with Oprah Winfrey. "No, I never blindsided my grandmother," Harry said when asked if she knew that he was stepping down from his royal role. "I have too much respect for her."

"I have spoken more to my grandma in the past year than I have in many, many years. My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and understand. I have a deep respect for her," he gushed. 

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