In a bombshell interview broadcast around the world on Thursday, Prince William defended the British royal family after his younger brother Harry and wife Meghan accused them of racism.
William became the first Royal to specifically discuss the controversial interview his brother and Meghan gave to Oprah Winfrey in remarks made Thursday during a visit to an east London school.
During a visit to a multi-racial school in a deprived area of East London, William told reporters, “We’re not a racist family.”
In the aftermath of the interview, William, who is second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, says he hasn’t yet spoken to Harry, “but I will.”
After news of a split between the brothers after Harry married Meghan, Harry told Winfrey that there was “space” between them. The brothers had been together since their mother Princess Diana died in 1997.
The Royal family has been rocked by Harry and Meghan’s remarks, which have ignited worldwide discussions regarding racism, mental health, and even Britain’s relationship with its former colonies.
During the interview, Harry said that after his move to North America, his father, 72, stopped answering his phone calls, but they were working to repair bridges.
The queen has announced that the allegations against Harry and Meghan will be dealt with privately, lowering expectations for public comment on the conclusions.
These tensions only intensified as the people waited until they saw the reaction of the Royal Family.