Published March 10, 2021
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe with agency report
Queen Elizabeth said on Tuesday that the British royals were saddened by the challenging experiences of her grandson , Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan , promising to privately address revelations about a racist remark about their son .
Meghan , in an interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on US television on Sunday , accused Britain ’ s royal family of raising concerns about how dark their son , Archie ’s skin might be and ignoring her pleas for help when she considered suicide .
“ The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan ,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement issued on behalf of Elizabeth .
“ The 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.
“ Harry , Meghan and Archie will always be much -loved family members .”
Meghan and Harry’ s tell-all TV interview had dragged the royals into their biggest crisis since the death of Harry ’s mother Diana in 1997 , when the family, led by Queen Elizabeth , was widely criticised for being too slow to respond .
A royal source said the Palace considered that it was a family matter and the royals should be allowed to discuss the issues raised privately as a family.
However, a YouGov opinion poll on Tuesday showed that the Britons were divided on how the royal family treated Prince Harry and his wife Meghan , with a majority of young people saying it was unfair and half of older people saying the opposite .
Reuters reports that overall 32 per cent were in each camp on the question of fairness , while 36 per cent didn’ t know.
Some 61 per cent of 18 to 24 s said they were treated unfairly , but support ebbed away as respondents aged and half of those over 65 said the couple were treated fairly.
More than a third of Britons said their sympathies lie with the Queen and members of the Royal family , while one in five say that they sit with Prince Harry and Meghan , according to the poll . Three in 10 said their sympathies were with neither and one in 10 said they were with both .