"The issues raised ... are concerning"

Queen Elizabeth Finally Responds After Harry and Meghan's Interview With Oprah

Queen Elizabeth finally talks about Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah

Just one day after its television broadcast, Queen Elizabeth has spoken out about the interview that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave to Oprah Winfrey. "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," said the monarch in a statement.

After a day of controversy and rumors swirled around in international tabloids, Queen Elizabeth finally spoke publicly about the interview that her grandson, Prince Harry, gave to the American journalist and talk show host, Oprah Winfrey accompanied by his wife, Meghan Markle. Through a brief statement, the British monarch described as "concerning", certain issues discussed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the television event, including the discussion about the race of the firstborn of Harry and Meghan.

Queen Elizabeth talks about Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah

The Buckingham Palace communications team released a brief statement this afternoon in which the Queen was saddened by "how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan."

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Queen Elizabeth finally talks about Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah

The British monarch also referred to the discussions that were revealed about the race of Harry and Meghan's son inside the palace. "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."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, in 2021

The statement closes with a small note in which the Queen assures that "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

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Queen Elizabeth at an event in Windsor in 2020

With the letter published in the media this Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth became the first member of the British monarchy to speak out after the interview Harry and Meghan gave Oprah Winfrey. Prince Charles has also commented on his relationship with his son since the event aired. 

During the event, whose ratings exceeded CBS expectations, the couple, now established in California, addressed various controversies within the royal family with figures such as Prince Charles and Kate Middleton.