Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's explosive interview has divided public opinion in Britain, a poll showed Tuesday, with those under 25 most likely to feel they were unfairly treated. But for now, the U.K.'s ruling Conservatives are staying out of the rough and tumble - with some mindful of the high constitutional stakes.
In the Oprah Winfrey interview, first aired in the United States on Sunday, the couple accused royal family members of asking how dark their baby's skin would be.
Asked by Winfrey whether there were concerns her child would be "too brown", Markle said: "If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one". Winfrey later told CBS that Harry had said it was not the queen or her 99-year-old husband Philip, who has been in hospital for three weeks while the crisis unfolds.
In the statement, released by Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen, it is said "recollections may vary" about issues raised in the bombshell interview but they would be "taken very seriously".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declined to comment on the allegations raised by the Duke and Duchess. However, Zac Goldsmith, Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment, has slammed Prince Harry. "What Meghan wants, Meghan gets". He said he wouldn't reveal who made the comment. But he added: "Like all families they have had their troubles in the past but all families recover and move forward from that and I've no doubt this family will as well".
Meghan addressed the effect she said constant media attention and rumours had on her.
On the front page, the paper ran a black and white photograph of the duke and pregnant duchess standing barefoot outside and cradling their son, Archie Harrison - who at just 1 year old remains at the heart of a rift regarding his skin color and lack of royal title.
"Zac's remarks aside, a lot of colleagues are thinking actually there are some pretty major long term ramifications of this and it could threaten people's succession to the throne".
The decision came 11 months into a 12-month review agreed to by the duke and duchess with Buckingham Palace about their future roles, after announcing they meant to take a "step back" from the family and be part-time royals in January 2020.
U.K. newspapers on Monday report on the explosion TV interview given by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. | AFP-JIJI
Commonwealth countries around the world have been reacting to Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview.
Winfrey later said Harry told her off camera that the family member was not Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip, sparking a flurry of speculation about who it could be. "The queen has always been wonderful to me", Meghan said. "The future are young people and obviously people from an ethnic minority background are probably quite sympathetic to Meghan, and if you end up alienating them that might cost you further down the line".
There may also be quiet sympathy for the Sussexes on the Tory benches.
Meanwhile, The Guardian called the claims "devastating", writing: "But this is not just a crisis for the royal family - but for Britain itself. It is certainly what unites all Labour MPs", said Lynch. By subscribing, you can help us get the story right. I am a huge fan of the queen, I wrote to her as an MP enclosing birthday cards from my constituents.
The pair also cited what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media as a major factor in their decision to step down as senior Royal members.
"I really hope they keep the way back open for them both".
The Los Angeles Times, a newspaper in Harry and Meghan's current home state, California, criticized both the palace and Meghan: "Call me insane, but if you can afford a $14.5 million, seven-acre Montecito estate, and you've got yourself a fat deal with Netflix, maybe you can afford to pay for your own personal protection even though your feelings are hurt?" It would be an incredible thing if people actually leaned into this and said are there lessons that can be learned from this.
None of these rumours was officially addressed by Harry and Meghan until now.