WH stresses US-UK ties after royal interview

The White House is emphasizing America’s “special partnership” with the U.K. government in the wake of the bombshell interview in which Prince Harry and Meghan alleged racism and widespread misconduct within the royal family. (March 8)

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- I know the president and first lady have struck up a friendship with Harry. I was wondering if they caught any of the interview yesterday and if they had any reaction to what the couple has gone through in regards particularly with what they felt in terms of the racism that they felt.

JEN PSAKI: Well, let me first say that, obviously, many of us caught the interview. I don't have-- I don't-- as many Americans did and many people around the world. You know, Meghan Markle is a private citizen, and so is Harry at this point. For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage. That's certainly something the president believes. And he's talked about the importance of investing in a lot of these areas that they're committed to in the future as well.

We aren't going to provide additional commentary from here on behalf of the president or others given these are private citizens sharing their own story and their own struggles. And let me just reiterate that we have a strong and abiding relationship with the British people and a special partnership with the government of the United Kingdom on a range of issues, and that will continue.