Oprah said Prince Harry told her the Queen and Prince Philip were not the ones who had 'concerns' about the skin color of his and Meghan's son

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke with Oprah Winfrey for their first sit-down interview since leaving their royal duties. Handout/Getty Images
  • The Queen and Prince Philip were not behind racist concerns about Harry and Meghan's baby, Oprah said Monday.

  • She told CBS that Harry was keen to rule out his grandparents as the source of the racist remarks.

  • Meghan and Harry did not name the member of his family who expressed concern about their baby's skin color.

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Oprah Winfrey said that Prince Harry told her that neither the Queen nor Prince Philip expressed racist concerns over the skin color of Archie, his and Meghan Markle's son.

In the interview with Winfrey broadcast in the US on Sunday night, Markle claimed that a member of the family had worried that their son may have dark skin.

She said that the conversations were with Harry, and that he relayed them to her. When pressed by Winfrey, both declined to give any details of who exactly it was - Meghan's only description was that it was with "family."

In an interview with "CBS This Morning" the morning after the interview aired, Winfrey acknowledged that people were attempting to guess who it may have been, and ruled out two names.

She said that when they filmed the interview, Harry told her the Queen and Prince Phillip were not the source of the remark.

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She said that Markle and harry "had not shared the identity" of the person who made the remark with her.

But she said that Harry wanted to make sure "that I knew and if I had an opportunity to share that it was not his grandma [the Queen] nor his grandfather [Prince Philip] that were a part of those conversations."

Winfrey said she tried to get Harry to share the identity of the person behind the remarks "on camera and off" but was not successful.

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Winfrey's comments echoed claims by one of the highest-profile royal reporters made on British TV earlier Monday.

Speaking on "Good Morning Britain," ITV royal editor Chris Ship cited unnamed sources telling him roughly the same thing Harry told Oprah.

"Let me be clear here, I've been told it's not The Queen, and not The Duke of Edinburgh," said Ship, using an alternate title for Prince Philip.

"And that only leaves two family members [and their spouses]."

When interrupted by by host Piers Morgan, a longtime critic of Markle and Harry, who asked how he knew that, Ship declined to share his sources.

"The two people you're left with are Prince Charles, or his brother Prince William, or their wives. It's pretty serious, that's kind of where it's left."

Prince William is married to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate Middleton. Charles's wife is Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Ship did not explain why he had narrowed down the allegation to Charles and William and their wives.

In February, Ship broke the story that Markle and Harry had agreed to be interviewed by Oprah.

"They defended the Queen," remarked Ship of the interview, "but equally they are criticizing the institution of which she is head, and therefore criticizing his grandmother the Queen."

In the interview, Markle said that she was so unhappy during her time as a member of the royal family that she contemplated suicide, and Harry revealed that his father had at one point stopped accepting his calls.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time so we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born," Meghan said.

As of Monday afternoon in the UK, there had been no official response from the royal family to the interview. Buckingham Palace declined to comment when Insider called.

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