Buckingham Palace is facing calls to investigate any racism allegations after the Duchess of Sussex claimed an unnamed member of the royal family raised “concerns and conversations” about the skin colour of her son Archie.
Shadow education secretary Kate Green said the accusations by Meghan during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in the US on Sunday were “really distressing, shocking”.
She told Sky News: “And if there are allegations of racism then I would expect them to be treated by the Palace with the utmost seriousness, and fully investigated.”
The children’s minister, Vicky Ford, told BBC Breakfast there is “no place for racism in our society” after she was asked about the claims.
“Now that Meghan has revealed comments about her child’s skin colour, will they investigate racism in the Palace? I won’t be holding my breath.”
During the couple’s candid interview, a stunned Winfrey asked of the comments on Archie’s skin tone: “What? Who is having that conversation?”
Meghan paused and said there were “several conversations” with Harry about Archie’s skin tone, and “what that would mean or look like”.
Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”
Pushed by Winfrey on who had those conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”
Harry refused to give further details, adding: “That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
Asked if the palace should respond to the claims, Ms Green told Sky News: “I’m sure that the palace will be thinking very carefully about that and I certainly think people will be wondering what is going to be said.
“There is never any excuse in any circumstances for racism and I think it is important that action is taken to investigate what are really shocking allegations.”
Meanwhile, children’s minister Vicky Ford said there is “no place for racism in our society” when asked about the allegations by the duke and duchess.
She told BBC Breakfast she had not seen the interview, but added: “There’s no place for racism in our society and we all need to work together to stop it.”