Prince William says royals 'not a racist family' and reveals he hasn't spoken to Harry yet
Thursday - 11/03/2021 09:10
Prince William said he had not yet spoken to Prince Harry but that he would.
Prince William has said the royals are "very much not a racist family" as he and the Duchess of Cambridge made their first public appearance since Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke of Cambridge said he had not yet spoken to his brother, but promised he would, adding they are "not a racist family" when asked by a reporter.
The comments came as Prince William and Kate visited a school in east London on Thursday morning, in a rare face to face engagement after moving back down to the capital from their country home of Anmer Hall, Norfolk.
In the interview, Harry and Meghan recounted "conversations" which they say took place between a family member and Harry related to the colour of Archie's skin.
Meghan recounted that there were "concerns" about "about how dark his skin might be when he’s born".
While they did not clarify who did make the remark, Winfrey said they told her it was not the Queen or Prince Philip.
Kate was directly brought into the line of fire when Meghan gave her account of reports of an argument between the two women before the May 2018 wedding, though she did tell people they did not have to pick a side.
Meghan said it was Kate who made her cry, not the other way around as had been reported, but said that Kate "owned it" and sent her flowers adding "she's a good person".
There has been no response from Kate's side to that claim.
William and Kate's engagement on Thursday to School 21 in Stratford coincided with the rollout of Mentally Healthy Schools, a set of resources provided by the Anna Freud Centre to help secondary schools and colleges with mental health information.
The Royal Foundation, William and Kate's charitable arm, worked with the Anna Freud Centre from 2018, as well as other charities, to create the resources.
Kate has been patron of the Anna Freud Centre since 2016.
The couple also spoke to teachers about how they have adapted to reopen the school following the latest lockdown in England.
Kate, in a pink Boden top and Max&co coat, played with children at the water section of their playground, and helped them dig for treasure in a sandpit.
Meanwhile William helped build a wall in the construction area, saying "I was just doing what I was told" as he took instructions from a young boy.
Prince Charles was the first royal to break cover with an engagement on Tuesday, as he headed out to a vaccine centre in London to meet those waiting to get their first coronavirus jab.
He chuckled when he was asked what he thought of the interview, but moved on without making any comment.
Later that day, the Palace finally responded to the shocking claims made by Harry and Meghan in the two-hour Winfrey special.
Watch: Harry and Meghan: What the Sussexes really think of Charles, William and Kate
The Duke of Sussex has revealed his relationship with his father soured so much last year that the Prince of Wales refused to speak to him on the phone.
The Palace statement, on behalf of the Queen, said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
"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.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were said to be feeling "free" after the explosive interview, according to friend Janina Gavankar, who said they could now focus on their work through the Archewell foundation.
However the fallout in the UK is likely to continue.
On Thursday at the local election campaign launch, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “The issue that Meghan raised of race and mental health are serious.
"The Palace has now responded and I do think it is a matter now for the family and I do hope it is resolved as soon as possible.
“But the wider issues in society about race and mental health are something for all of us to take seriously.”
Asked about the possibility of a debate on the "family dispute" and the role of the monarchy, leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg responded by reading out the national anthem.
Chris Ship, ITV's royal editor, tweeted of the comment by William: "It’s unprecedented for a senior Royal to speak in this way. And shows the fight they now have on their hands to repair their reputation following Meghan and Harry’s explosive claims.
"Remember the Queen’s statement said 'recollections may vary'."
Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt tweeted: "Imagine if Prince William had been in charge of the palace statement two days ago."
He then added: "It’s a very vivid sign of how bad things are for the royals that a future head of state of a multicultural country has to insist his family aren’t racists."