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Meghan Markle's dad says Royal family isn't racist as he calls skin colour comment 'dumb'

Mirror logo Mirror 09/03/2021 Vicki Newman

Thomas Markle has defended the Royal family following accusations that questions were asked about what colour Meghan and Prince Harry 's son Archie's skin would be before he was born.

Meghan and Harry made the explosive claims in their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, aired in the UK last night.

They refused to share exactly what had been said or who had made the comments, but said that several conversations took place, and Oprah later clarified that it was not the Queen or Prince Phillip who had made them.

Today, Meghan's estranged father Thomas appeared on Good Morning Britain to share his thoughts on the interview.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, he said he did not believe the Royal family is racist.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Thomas appeared on today's GMB © ITV Thomas appeared on today's GMB

Meghan had said she believed that Archie was not given a Prince title because of the colour of his skin.

Thomas, who has been estranged from his daughter since the week of her wedding in 2018, said: "I have great respect for the Royals, and I don't think the British royal family are racist at all. I don't think the British are racist, I think Los Angeles is racist, California is a racist, but I don't think the Brits are."

He added: "The thing about what colour will the baby be or how dark will the baby be, I'm guessing and hoping it's just a dumb question from somebody, you know, it could just be that simple.

"It could be somebody asked a stupid question. Rather than being a total racist."

Thomas, who says he feels "let down" by his daughter as the last time he spoke to her he was in a hospital bed, went on to discuss the topic further.

He said: "This whole thing about colour and how dark the baby is is bulls**t.

"I met a beautiful black woman and had a beautiful child.

"If she had turned out dark it wouldn't have been a problem, anything in between it wouldn't have been a problem, it's a beautiful baby."

Susanna said that someone feeling they've heard a racist comment is something that needs to be taken seriously and investigated.

Thomas added: "A racist comment should be investigated, but all I'm saying is that it could have been just a stupid question from someone.

"Someone who does not understand that a black person marries a white person, what do you get? Well you never know, but you get a baby, that's what you get, you get a baby.

"Maybe we're getting a little too political."

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle sitting on a bench: Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah © PA Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah

Piers said he agrees that "context is all important" and we need to know exactly what was said in order to pass judgement on it.

When asked for his thoughts on the timing of the interview, which came while Prince Phillip was in hospital, Thomas said: "I totally agree that they went way over the top with this new story with Oprah and should have waited, considering the Queen's age and Phillip's age, they certainly should have waited or tried to wait."

Thomas went on to apologise for what he's done and say he's never stopped loving his daughter.

He said that they now live just 70 miles away from him and he hopes that he'll get to meet his grandson one day.

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV

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