Meghan Markle claims there were "concerns" raised about the colour of Archie's skin

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·2 min read
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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

As part of her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle has claimed that an unnamed member of the royal family raised "concerns" about how dark Archie's skin would be, prior to his birth.

Speaking to Oprah in a CBS primetime special which is to be aired this evening in the UK on ITV, the Duchess of Sussex said: "In those months when I was pregnant... we have in tandem the conversation of, 'you won't be given security, [Archie's] not going to be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

Meghan alleges there were "several conversations" about Archie's skin tone and "what that would mean or look like," that had been relayed to her by Prince Harry. "Those were conversations family had with him," the Duchess added.

When Oprah Winfrey asked who had made such comments, Meghan refused to say, but added that "it would be very damaging to them" were it publicly known.

Oprah went on to clarify whether the concerns revolved around Archie being "too brown," to which Meghan responded: "If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one."

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

When Prince Harry joined later on in the conversation, the TV host probed him further on the allegations of skin tone discussions in relation to his son. The Duke simply said, "I'm not comfortable sharing that".

Meghan and Harry's side of the story sounds shocking, and the royal family hasn't yet had the chance to address their perspective when it comes to such accusations. They did, however, recently announce that they would be launching an investigation into the circumstances of bullying allegations against Meghan, which she strenuously denies.

Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese
Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese

The highly-anticipated Oprah interview - which was set to cover everything from stepping into life as a royal, to marriage, motherhood, and life under intense public pressure - certainly seems to have lived up to expectations where revelations are concerned. As well as opening up about the strain royal life took on Meghan's mental health, the Sussexes also revealed that they were actually married before their royal wedding in May 2018, and that they're expecting a baby daughter this summer.

'CBS Presents Oprah with Meghan and Harry' will air on ITV at 9pm tonight and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS.

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