Downing Street has refused to distance itself from a minister’s claim that Prince Harry is “tearing up his family,” but declined to comment after confirming that the prime minister had seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said he had seen the two-hour interview, but said he had no further comment to make.
Amid crisis talks at Buckingham Palace, No 10 said it would not be included in any lawsuit over the accusations of racism made by Meghan or the state of her mental health that she described after her marriage.
The duchess said that while pregnant with her son, Archie, an anonymous member of the royal family raised “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born.”
However, Downing Street did not criticize comments by one of Johnson’s ministers, the conservative Lord Zac Goldsmith, who accused the prince of “blowing up his family.”
His comments came in a tweet in response to ITV News royal editor Chris Ship, who said the couple “dropped bomb after heavy bomb at Buckingham Palace” in the interview.
Goldsmith, Minister of the Environment, said it was “not ‘Buckingham Palace’, Harry’s family” and then tweeted: “Harry is destroying his family … What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”
When asked multiple times if Downing Street wanted to distance itself from Goldsmith’s comments, Johnson’s spokesman declined to do so. “You have the words of the prime minister from last night’s press conference and I will not add more to what he said,” he said.
At the Downing Street press conference on Tuesday, Johnson said: “I have always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role she plays in our country and throughout the Commonwealth. I have gone a long time without commenting on royal family matters and I do not intend to deviate from that today. “
The Labor Party has called for an investigation into the racist comments apparently made by a royal. Party leader Keir Starmer has said that Meghan raised “really serious issues” of racism, as well as speaking out about her suicidal thoughts, for which she said the palace told her she should not seek outside help.
Shadow education secretary Kate Green told Sky News: “If there are allegations of racism, I would expect the palace to treat them with the utmost seriousness and investigate them thoroughly.”
Downing Street’s silence contrasts with that of US President Joe Biden. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki praised Harry and Meghan’s bravery when asked if the US President had seen the interview.
“For anyone who comes out and talks about their own struggles with mental health and tells their own personal story, that takes courage. That’s certainly something the president believes. “
When asked if the prime minister believed it took courage for a public figure to speak openly about suicidal feelings, Johnson’s spokesman again declined to comment.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism