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"Several conversations" were had within the royal family over Archie's skin colour before he was born, claims royal biographer Omid Scobie.

The Duchess of Sussex claimed during the famous Oprah interview in March that a royal expressed concerns about how dark her baby's skin would be and "what that would mean or look like".

Mr Scobie, a journalist who co-wrote Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, spoke at a Foreign Press Association event yesterday.

He said: "There was one conversation that took place that affected them massively, when it came to someone within the Royal Family sharing concerns over the colour of Archie's skin.

Omid Scobie claimed 'several conversations' were had about Archie's skin colour
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"To Harry I can see how it is one conversation, to Meghan who would have been involved in the follow up conversations I can see – because there were other people aware of this conversation within the family and within the institution, that did also speak about it, some not so sympathetically.

"So you then are in a position where you start to feel, 'Well, it's not just this one person, it's others as well', and it becomes a much bigger issue."

When asked if he knew who made the comments, Mr Scobie said: "Pass."

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to baby Archie in May 2019
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The day after Harry and Meghan's claims in the interview were aired on March 8 in the UK, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the royal family was "saddened" and that the issues raised were "concerning".

A statement issued on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

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"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."

A senior palace source added: "At the heart of all of this there is a family.

"They should be given the opportunity to discuss the issues raised privately, as a family.

Harry and Meghan have opened up about their struggles as senior royals
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"It has been important for us to carefully consider any response before issuing; and of course releasing something today meant viewers in the UK had the opportunity to watch the interview, if they wished to, first.

"Diversity, equality, inclusion and mental health are important issues and highlighting that has formed part of the work of Members of the Royal Family for many years."

After the bombshell interview in March, Prince Harry opened up about his mental health with Oprah in a new documentary launched on Apple TV+ last month, The Me You Can't See.

He addresses his mental health and admitted undergoing therapy to deal with his problems, including the fact that he struggled to process the death of his mum Diana.

The couple have since welcomed their second child – Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – named after the Queen and the late Princess Diana.