Crisis talks at Buckingham Palace: Harry and Meghan

Thomas Markle has defended the Royal family, in an interview on Good Morning Britain, following accusations that questions were asked about what colour Meghan and Prince Harry ‘s son Archie’s skin would be before he was born.

Meghan Markle made a series of shocking claims during her interview with Oprah Winfrey – saying she was suicidal during her time in the royal family, accusing her in-laws of being concerned about how dark Archie’s skin would be and claiming the Duchess of Cambridge made her cry.

But she also spoke about how much she liked and respected the Queen and revealed the gender of her unborn baby.

Filmed at one of their friends’ homes not far from their Californian mansion, the two-hour programme was filmed before they were stripped of their royal patronages.

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Meghan said that conversations were had about how dark her child’s skin would be when she was pregnant.

Winfrey confirmed that Harry had asked her to ensure it was clear neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh were part of those conversations.

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During the interview, which was originally over three hours long but was cut down for TV, Meghan revealed that she had suffered from suicidal thoughts and said that the palace did not help her when asked.

Meghan spoke honestly and openly about her mental health and said she had suicidal thoughts during her time in the royal family.

She told Oprah she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and when asked directly if she was thinking of self-harm and having suicidal thoughts at some stage, Meghan replied “yes”.

She says Harry “cradled her” when she told him, and he later admitted it send him to a “dark place”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to comment on the interview, though Foreign Office minister Lord Goldsmith later accused Harry of “blowing up his family”.

The sheer gravity of the claims are understood to have sparked alarm among aides. A royal source said urgent talks were under way to decide whether and how Buckingham Palace should directly respond to some or any of the most damaging claims.

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