Update by Celebitchy: The palace has issued a statement on behalf of The Queen. It’s pretty weak but I’ll wait for Kaiser to write about it. She’ll most likely cover it tomorrow! Of course they’re addressing this “privately.” Remember the big stink they made about investigating the alleged HR complaint against Meghan? Doesn’t this warrant at least as strong as a response? Here’s their statement:
“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. 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.”
Again, as of this writing, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace have not responded officially to Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I said on Twitter yesterday that I didn’t actually hate the strategy of the palace going silent for 24-48 hours. One way to look at it is that they understand how absolutely damaging the interview was and they’re taking their response seriously. Another way to look at it is that Harry and Meghan made it clear that they have receipts and they’re not afraid of burning bridges, so the palace HAS to be very careful about their response. So… the Times of London has a new story, “Queen demands more time to consider family’s response.” LOL. Should have thought about that before last week’s “Meghan is a bully” character assassination.
Buckingham Palace was thrown into turmoil yesterday as it struggled to deal with the fallout from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s dramatic allegations of racism in their US interview. The couple made a string of claims including that Meghan had felt suicidal but her pleas for help were ignored by courtiers. The duchess also claimed that an unnamed member of the royal family voiced concerns about the colour of their unborn baby’s skin.
Last night the Queen refused to sign off a prepared statement that officials had hoped would de-escalate tensions by highlighting the family’s love and concern for the couple. She was believed to want more time to consider her response.
The prime minister refused to be dragged into the row. Asked whether he believed the royal family was racist, Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference: “I really think that when it comes to matters to do with the royal family, the right thing for prime ministers to say is nothing and nothing is the thing that I propose to say today.” He added: “I have always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role that she plays.
However, Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park claimed that Harry was “blowing up his family” with the Winfrey interview. The minister for Pacific and the environment tweeted: “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said that the allegations must be taken seriously. During a visit to a school in Dagenham, east London, he said: “It is really sad to see the family in turmoil like this. The issues that Meghan has raised of racism and mental health are serious issues.”
Wes Streeting, the shadow schools minister, told Times Radio that the allegation of racism “needs to be investigated” by Buckingham Palace.
“…The allegation of racism ‘needs to be investigated’ by Buckingham Palace…” What. I can’t believe in the year of our lord Beyonce 2021, we still believe that institutionally racist and sexist organizations have the ability to investigate themselves or self-correct or properly adjudicate their own behavior. What the monarchy has needed for some time is an independent audit, which can take many forms, and which (let’s be frank) will never happen.
As for this: “Last night the Queen refused to sign off a prepared statement that officials had hoped would de-escalate tensions by highlighting the family’s love and concern for the couple.” Um. That doesn’t bode well. That says to me that Liz set her phasers on “petty and vindictive.” This will probably get much worse before it gets better.
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