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Prince William Says Royals ‘Not Racist’

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LONDON—Prince William on Thursday said his family isn’t racist, the first public rebuttal from a senior member of the British monarchy of allegations made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about racism in the royal ranks.

During a visit to an east London school, Prince William, who is second in line to the British crown, told a Sky News reporter, “We are very much not a racist family” and that he intends to speak to his brother soon.

The comments come days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said during a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that a member of the royal family raised concern about the color of their then unborn son’s skin. Ms. Markle, who is biracial, also said that she felt isolated and unwelcome when she married into the family in 2018.

Buckingham Palace issued a statement earlier in the week saying it would address the “concerning” allegations about race privately.

During the interview, the Duchess of Sussex said that before the birth of her son Archie there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born” with a member of the royal family. Neither she nor Prince Harry identified the person.

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