Boris Johnson Refuses To Comment On Whether Royal Family Is Racist

Boris Johnson has sidestepped a barrage of questions over allegations of racism in the royal family, in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

During a press conference on Monday, the PM spoke only of his “highest admiration” for the Queen and, when pressed over claims made by the couple, said “the right thing for prime ministers to say is nothing”. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview on Sunday included a number of explosive revelations.

Meghan revealed a member of the royal family had shared “concerns and conversations” with her husband about how dark the colour of Archie’s skin might be when he was born.

She also said she experienced suicidal thoughts while living as a working Royal, but was denied help from Buckingham Palace. 

Pressed a number of times during Monday’s Downing Street press conference, however, Johnson refused to be drawn on the claims made against Buckingham Palace. 

He said: “I have always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role that she plays in our country and across the Commonwealth.”

But on “all other matters to do with the royal family, I have spent a long time now not commenting on royal family matters and I don’t intend to depart from that today”.

Asked a second time, he insisted he would remain silent over the Duchess of Sussex’s suggestion of racism.

Asked whether he believed the royal family was racist, he said: “I really think that when it comes to matters to do with the royal family, the right thing for prime ministers to say is nothing and nothing is the thing that I propose to say today about that particular matter.”

Minutes before he spoke, however, his minister for the Pacific, Zac Goldsmith, hurled criticism at Harry and Meghan on Twitter, claiming the duke was “blowing up his family”. 

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Handout photo supplied by Harpo Productions showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their interview with Oprah Winfrey which was broadcast in the US on March 7. Issue date: Monday March 8, 2021.

Meghan also denied reports she had made the Duchess of Cambridge cry in the weeks leading up to their wedding. 

“The reverse happened,” said Meghan, adding Kate had apologised over a clash between the pair.

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