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Royal who asked about Archie’s skin colour was not racist, John Barnes says

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold their son Archie
Archie has been rarely seen in public since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals (Picture: PA)

The unnamed royal who questioned what Archie’s skin colour would look like was not being racist, John Barnes has said.

The former Liverpool footballer, 57, said the alleged comments about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s unborn son we’re ‘realistic’.

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He claimed most black people would say ‘so what’ to a question about their baby’s skin colour.

The father-of-seven told the Sunday Times Magazine: ‘People will always wonder what the baby will look like and if it is going to be dark.

‘If you listen to what Meghan says, it’s not about them [the unnamed royal] worrying if the baby is dark or not, it’s them worrying about how the public are going to view that.

‘Because they know if the baby is too dark, the public will not view the baby as positively. They’re being realistic.

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‘Let’s not pretend the public won’t care whether it’s a blond-haired blue-eyed baby or jet black, because they will.’

Mr Barnes added the ‘problem’ now is Meghan critics are labelled as ‘racist’, even when they are questioning her ‘character as a human being’.

Jamaican-born English former footballer John Barnes
Former footballer John Barnes said questions about a baby’s skin colour are ‘realistic’ not racist (Picture: Getty)

During the interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Meghan said a Royal Family member had a conversation about Archie’s skin colour before he was born, and ‘what that would mean or look like’. 

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The duchess also revealed she was left feeling suicidal after joining ‘the firm’. 

Buckingham Palace issued a statement 36 hours after it aired, saying the Queen was ‘saddened by the claims’ but that ‘some recollections may vary’. 

There has not been any further update on the matter from the Palace since the initial statement. 

They said at the time: ‘The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.  

‘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.  

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.’ 

Oprah later confirmed it was not the Queen or Prince Philip who made the comment.

She told CBS This Morning: ‘[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.

‘He did not tell me who was a part of those conversations.’

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