Zara Tindall 'pushed the boundaries' says royal expert
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Harry and Meghan made a number of incendiary claims when interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in March.
A new chapter of ‘Finding Freedom’, a book about the couple by royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, has been featured in PEOPLE.
The authors wrote: “The Queen’s ‘recollections may vary’ comment ‘did not go unnoticed by the couple, who a close source said were ‘not surprised’ that full ownership was not taken.
“’Months later and little accountability has been taken’, a pal of Meghan added. ‘How can you move forward with that?’”
During the interview Meghan claimed there were “concerns and conversations” within the family about Archie’s skin tone, ahead of his birth in 2019.
She also revealed she’d had mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts, since joining the Royal Family.
The accusations caused a global sensation, and Buckingham Palace released a rare statement on behalf of The Queen in reply.
She commented: “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.
“Whilst 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 Sussexes’ interview with Ms Winfrey, recorded by CBS, was broadcast by ITV in the UK.
Much of the public outcry focused on racially charged comments allegedly made by a Royal Family member.
Referring to Archie, Meghan claimed there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born”.
She added: “That was relayed to me from Harry.
“Those were conversations that family had with him.”
Harry confirmed the discussion had taken place, commenting: “That conversation, I am never going to share.
“At the time, it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
Neither Harry nor Meghan would name the royal they allege made the remarks, with the Duchess saying it would be “very damaging to them”.
However, Ms Winfrey later revealed the couple told her it wasn’t either the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh.
Following the interview, Prince William insisted the royals are “very much not a racist family” during a London school visit.
Harry and William were reunited in April 2021, for Prince Philip’s funeral.
They were pictured speaking after the service, at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.
In July the brothers unveiled a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, in the gardens of Kensington Palace.
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