â€œThe whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,â€ read the Buckingham Palace statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. â€œThe 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.â€Â
â€œHarry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members,â€ the statement, shared with HuffPost, added.Â
The response comes two days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussexâ€™s prime-time CBS special with the media mogul aired Sunday night. In the two-hour interview, Harry and Meghan presented their side of their step-back-from-royalty story together for the first time.
Meghan told Winfrey that she hadÂ contemplated suicide during her lowest moments in â€œThe Firm,â€ as the royal family establishment is known, and she also revealed that certain (nameless) members of the royal family raised â€œconcerns and conversationsâ€Â before their son Archie was born about how dark his skin might be.Â
The duke opened up about his struggles with a â€œbigotedâ€ British press and feeling â€œtrappedâ€ within the royal family, and he corrected reports that he had blindsided his grandmother,Â Queen Elizabeth, with news of the coupleâ€™s decision to step back as senior members of the royal family.Â Â
More revelations from Harry and Meghanâ€™s interview:Â
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