Prince Charles ‘Feels Enormously Let Down’ by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Racism Claims, Says Source

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a person wearing a suit and hat: Meghan Markle, Prince Charles and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle, Prince Charles and Prince HarryPrince Charles has felt “let down” by son Prince Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan Markle‘s allegations of racism within the royal family.

During the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex said there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born” within the royal family. Although they did not specify who made the comment, Oprah later clarified that it was neither Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip.

Prince Charles “feels enormously let down” by the claims of racism made in the interview, a source close to the royal household tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

“The prince believes in diversity and his actions show that,” the source continues. “He was the first person to highlight the Windrush generation [the first mass immigration from the Caribbean to the U.K. in the 1950s] and the contributions they made to British society. He has worked hard for the Muslim community. Of all the members of the royal family, he has taken this issue the most seriously.”

 

a person wearing a suit and hat: Samir Hussein/WireImage Meghan Markle, Prince Charles and Prince Harry© Provided by People Samir Hussein/WireImage Meghan Markle, Prince Charles and Prince HarryPrince William, Duke of Cambridge, Elizabeth II, Alex Rodriguez, Prince Charles, Jennifer Lopez holding a sign posing for the camera: 3/29 cover storyA palace source adds that Prince Harry, 36, and Prince William, 38, have always had a “complicated relationship” with their father.

“It’s not a straightforward father-son relationship,” the palace source says. “He is their father and their boss, and they are beholden to him to fund their offices and lives.”

Harry shared during the Oprah interview that his father stopped taking his calls at one point following the couple’s decision to step down as senior royals.

Prince Charles and Prince Harry 

“I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain is like,” Harry said. “And Archie’s his grandson.”

He continued, “Of course, I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened. And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”

Elizabeth II wearing a hat: Queen ElizabethMeanwhile, Queen Elizabeth is “worried” about how the racism claims affect the Commonwealth, the 54 countries around the world which view the Queen as their monarch and head of state.

“She will be very worried about how [the racism claims] have gone down in countries she has supported and loved and given her life to throughout her reign,” says a royal insider.

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