Harry and Meghan ‘gaslighted’ by Buckingham Palace, commentator believes

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been "gaslighted" in Buckingham Palace's statement about allegations the couple made in their interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to a commentator.

The pair told chat show host Oprah in a bombshell interview they experienced racism and claimed a member of the Royal Family expressed concerns over the skin colour baby Archie would have.

Discussing the events in their weekly Royally Obsessed podcast, commentators Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie picked apart the statement.

In full, it read: "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 wording of the statement, released on March 9, has sparked a debate about whether or not The Palace denies Meghan and Harry's claims of racism.

Prince William has spoken out and said his family is not racist.

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Rachel said: "It does make me think that there’s a possibility that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles could be taken away.

"I hate to think that but Buckingham Palace referred to them as just Harry and Meghan and them having this explosive interview, it just wouldn’t surprise me."

Describing the potential loss of titles as a low blow, Rachel added: "As Meghan said, she has lost so much already at this point, what is a title to her?"

In the interview, Meghan told Oprah that the most important title in her life would always be "mom" – perhaps hinting she was prepared to have her Duchess title revoked in backlash.

Rachel and Roberta also debating if the wording of the statement might amount to "gaslighting".

Roberta said: "They also say, ‘The issues raised, particularly that of race are concerning'.

"To be clear, the issues raised are not about race but racism and I think that distinction is so important here.

"The fact that the statement can’t say the word ‘racism’ – it’s almost like they are too afraid to say it out loud."

She continued: "They also say 'some recollections may vary' and how 'challenging' this has been – that is gaslighting."

"This is calling them liars," she said.

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Royal Family

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