It's going on day two after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's tell-all interview with Oprah, and people still can't stop talking about it...probably because it makes the royal institution as a whole look not so great. Meghan revealed that an unnamed someone within the royal family expressed "concern" over "how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born," in addition to several other bombshells—including Kate Middleton making Meghan cry—in the interview. Buckingham Palace has now responded, saying that they are "saddened" after learning of Meghan and Harry's experience with racism while working as senior royals.
In an official statement, Queen Elizabeth said:
"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."
The Queen's statement comes after palace insiders told The Daily Mail's royal reporter Rebecca English that the Queen was in "crisis talks" with Prince William and Prince Charles about how to respond. "Staff are reeling," a source said. "But there is [also] a strong sense of needing to retain a dignified silence and show kindness and compassion. There's a lot people want to say but no one wins with a tit-for-tat battle. Bridges need to be built after all this is over, after all."
Ironically enough, this statement also comes shortly after Buckingham Palace released a very lengthy statement saying that they'll be conducting a thorough investigation about the bullying that one of Meghan's former advisors at Kensington Palace accused her of, just days ahead of the interview.
Anyway, just gonna leave this here...
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.