Buckingham Palace broke its silence Tuesday evening over Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying in a statement on behalf of the Queen that allegations of racism made by the Sussexes were concerning and being “taken very seriously.”
“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 reads.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
The statement adds: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
The Sussexes do not plan to comment on the Tuesday statement, a spokesperson told CNN.
Buckingham Palace’s response comes more than 36 hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of damning accusations in their first sit-down interview since stepping back from life as senior royals and moving to the US last year.
The interview plunged the royal household into a crisis. Some of the claims — including the allegations of racism and Meghan’s admission that she felt suicidal during her first pregnancy — have the potential to deeply impact the royal family’s reputation and have left a cloud of suspicion over some of its members.
The family waited to respond until the interview had aired in the UK, to allow viewers in the country to watch it first, a royal…