Mrs Michelle Obama has said that she wasn’t entirely surprised by Meghan Markle’s accusation that a royal had raised concerns about the colour of her future children’s skin.
Speaking out about Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the former first lady told NBC: “I feel like that was heartbreaking to hear, that she felt like she was in her own family, her own family thought differently of her”.
She added: “As I said before, the race isn’t a new construct in this world for people of colour, and so it wasn’t a complete surprise to hear her feelings and to have them articulated.”
Mrs Obama said Meghan’s tell-all interview was heartbreaking to hear, adding that she “prays for forgiveness and healing for them” and that the royals can use the interview as a “teachable moment for us all”.
In the interview, Harry also discussed how an unnamed family member had spoken to him about the skin colour of children he and Meghan would have.
He said: “That conversation I’m never going to share. At the time it was awkward. That was right at the beginning. “What will the kids look like?”
“That was right at the beginning when they said we weren’t going to get security. There were signs before we got married that this was going to be really hard.”
Asked by Oprah whether there were concerns that her child would be ‘too brown’ and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”
In their interview, Meghan said that the pressures of living within the Royal Family drove her to thoughts of suicide.
“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she said, saying that she went to palace officials with her concerns but was told she could not go to an outside institution to get treatment because of how it would be perceived.
After the interview, the royal family issued a statement saying: “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. Whilst 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.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have replaced the Sussex Royal monogram on their stationery with their Archewell logo after their bombshell Oprah interview.
The move came to light after the Duchess of Sussex sent a heartfelt letter to an east London school, urging them to “learn about the trailblazing women who came before us” for International Women’s Day.
It comes after the couple was criticised for continuing to use their monogram after stepping down as senior royals last year.
They were stripped of a number of honorary military appointments and royal patronages last month after telling the Queen they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.
Their royal monogram, revealed after their wedding in 2018, had featured their initials H and M intertwined with a crown on top.
In her letter, Meghan thanked students at Robert Clack Upper School for ‘such fond memories’ after she paid a surprise visit last year.
She said: “I think of you all frequently, especially recognising how difficult it’s been for students and families during the past year.
‘This International Women’s Day, in collaboration with the work of our non-profit organisation, Archewell Foundation, we are encouraging everybody to participate in real acts of compassion for the women in their lives and their community.
“One suggestion we have is to take a moment to learn about the trailblazing women who came before us.”
“I’ve spent time recently thinking about Geraldine Dear, who joined us last year and is such an inspiration to all of us.
“Without women like Geraldine, who formed part of the original group of women advocating for equal pay, so much of what we do now wouldn’t be possible.”
Students received the letter last week after Harry told Oprah he felt ‘trapped’ in the Royal Family and had no regrets about leaving.