PRINCE William was at the heart of royal talks on how to respond to Meghan and Harry's bombshell race claims, it's reported.
He is understood to have led discussions on how to respond to Meghan's allegations there had been conversations with Harry and a "family" member about what colour their son Archie's skin would be.
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They refused to identify the senior royal who had made the comment – although it was later clarified it wasn't either the Queen or Prince Philip.
Reports about William's central role in managing the fall-out from the chat have emerged after he became the first royal to publicly hit back over the racism allegations.
As he visited a school for an engagement, he told reporters the royals are "very much not a racist family".
Now, The Times has reported that William spoke to the Queen before the palace published a statement responding to the claims.
He is said to have been "keen" for the issue of racism to be acknowledged as "an area of particular concern that will be addressed".
It comes as:
- The Queen plans to appoint a 'diversity tsar' to address racism claims made in the interview
- Unseen footage from the Oprah interview left on the cutting room floor could be aired by ITV
- Prince William was left furious at Harry and Meghan for their 'insulting' reaction to the ban on using the word 'royal'
- The Oprah chat was slammed as 'an unbalanced piece of theatre' as thousands complain
- Prince Charles fells 'enormously let down' by the racism allegation
And the statement released by the palace two days after the interview aired in the US said: "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
"Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
The Duke of Cambridge is said to have been deeply upset with allegations made in the interview.
Sources close to him have said the Megxit saga is "still raw" and his "head is all over the place" after Harry's comments.
A former Palace aide also says he desperately misses his brother after Harry left for California a year ago.
They told The Sunday Times: “Once he got over the anger of how things happened, he was left with the absence of his brother.
“They shared everything about their lives, an office, a foundation, meetings together most days and there was a lot of fun along the way. He’ll miss it for ever.”
And a close friend of the Royal brothers said William “definitely feels the pressure now it’s all on him.
"His future look different because of his brother’s choices. It’s not easy.”
Another pal added: “It’s still raw.
"He’s very upset by what’s happened, though absolutely intent that he and Harry’s relationship will heal in time.”
The brothers went for a long walk to try to clear the air after the 'Sandringham Summit' Megxit deal in January last year.
But sources said they “did not part shores as friends” – and the rift has seemingly only deepened following the Oprah chat.
Meghan said Kate Middleton received preferential treatment and made her cry during an argument over flower girl dresses – an allegation said to have made William particularly upset.
Meanwhile, Harry claimed William and Charles are “trapped” by their royal responsibilities.
A royal insider told The Sun the Queen has also been left saddened by the claims made.
"She is not angry, she is just sad," they said.
"They have always worried about him (Harry) and the Queen feels very protective about him.
"They always tried to support him when Meghan came along.
"They all worried less about him when Meghan was on the scene as he seemed so happy."
Charles has engaged in royal duties since – but has so far not commented in public on the claims made.
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