Prince William on Thursday denied that the British royal family is “racist” following a bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex earlier this week.

Asked by a reporter during a visit to a school in east London if the royal family is a “racist family,” William, the Duke of Cambridge, said, “We’re very much not a racist family.” 

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William, appearing alongside his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, also told reporters that he has not yet spoken to his brother since the interview with Meghan and Harry aired on Sunday, saying that he “will do” so, according to multiple reports

During the two-hour TV special with Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyPrince Harry announces memoir Meghan Markle announces animated Netflix series focused on 12-year-old girl inspired by historical women William, Harry unveil Diana statue together MORE, Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, said that, prior to the birth of her son with Harry, Archie, there were conversations within the royal family about “how dark his skin might be.” 

Harry later said that the comments were not made by Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip. 

The former Meghan MarkleMeghan MarklePrince Harry announces memoir Meghan Markle announces animated Netflix series focused on 12-year-old girl inspired by historical women Naomi Osaka in op-ed defends withdrawing from French Open: 'Athletes are humans' MORE during the interview also described what she called a break with protocol in the royal family after Archie did not receive a royal title or security detail following his birth in 2019. She suggested that his race may have played a role in the move, among other allegations.  

Buckingham Palace first responded to the interview on Tuesday, saying in a statement that the royal family was “saddened” by the challenges that the couple have faced, specifically noting those regarding race. 

“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. 

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“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," the statement added.

When asked by Winfrey about his relationship with his brother during the tell-all interview, Harry said that their relationship is currently one of “space.” 

“We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience,” Harry said. “But, you know, we’re on different paths. The relationship is space, at the moment.”