During the interview, the academic had also claimed that the monarchy was a "white supremacist organisation"
After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah, it was reported that the royal family was shocked and saddened by the statements made by the couple. While many stood by the couple and sympathized with them, others saw Markle in a negative light. A Cambridge academic has now defended her by saying that the Royal Family could not handle "beautiful" Meghan Markle, Mirror reported.
Professor Priyamvada Gopal spoke about the Crown's "ties" to slavery and said that the monarchy was a "white" institution that had profited from the British Empire. The professor of Postcolonial Studies at Churchill College had also previously compared Dr Tony Sewell, author of the government's heavily-criticized Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, to Adolf Hitler's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. In an interview with Talk Radio host Nick de Bois, she said that the monarchy was a "white supremacist organisation". "[It's] an institution invested in whiteness and where whites dominate. The monarchy is deeply implicated in the project of empire; a lot of what it possesses came right out of the imperial project," she said, according to Mirror.
She further went on to say, "this is not a monarchy that has ever talked about its ties to the empire – or to slavery for that matter. The monarchy couldn’t even handle a light-skinned beautiful woman. She was the wife of a prince and was drummed out of this country by the media." Dr. Gopal then refused to apologize for her comments or for liking tweets that claimed Prince Philip was the royal who Meghan and Harry claimed had concerns over how "dark Archie's skin would be". In her defence, she said that Prince Philip had a history of having made many "racial slurs" over the years. Oprah Winfrey later confirmed that the comment was not made by Prince Philip or her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Mirror reported.
The American TV host said on CBS, "[ Prince Harry ] did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother or grandfather that were part of those conversations." Buckingham Palace soon released a short, 61-word statement on behalf of the monarch, 94, two days after the Oprah interview aired in the US. According to it, the Queen said that the family was "saddened" to hear of Meghan and Harry's challenges and before further stating that "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members." However, she also remarked that "some recollections may vary" when it comes to the issues and concerns raised in their interview, Mirror reported.