"We're very much not a racist family", William said as his wife, Kate, walked by his side.
LONDON (AP) - Prince William insisted Thursday that his family is not racist as he became the first member of Britain's royal family to speak out about accusations of bigotry made by Prince Harry and Meghan, his brother and sister-in-law.
Nearly as soon as the interview with Oprah Winfrey aired, many were quick to deny Meghan's allegations of racism.
Ms McDonald also said there will be new drama stemming from Meghan Markle's shock claims about the royal family within the next three weeks revolving around pictures emerging from Meghan's past.
The royal family has often grappled with the line between public and private matters.
The Palace has said that it was a family matter that should be dealt with privately.
'That was relayed to me from Harry from conversations that family had with him, ' Meghan said.
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"As a psychologist, I hope people talk about this effect of racism and sexism on psychological functioning", she said.
During Meghan and Harry's interview, they spoke about how their time touring Australia was a turning point in their relationship with the royal family.
William made the comments in response to questions shouted at him by reporters during a visit to an East London school.
"I have known her for 17 years and I have seen the way she regards the people around her and the people she works with, and I can say she is not a bully", the actress declared. More than 41,000 people complained to Britain's communications regulator about Monday's edition of the show, during which Morgan said he didn't believe anything Meghan had said.
"That takes a toll on a person and their mental health".
It didn't take long for the fairy tale to unravel. "They weren't willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband".
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pointed to the racist attitudes of the British media as reason for stepping away from royal duties and moving to North America a year ago, something Harry reiterated in the interview with Winfrey. "I don't think you need to have just seen the pilot episode of The Crown to get a basic sense that she might be marrying into a family that could cause her some emotional complications".
The only other response from the monarchy to the interview came in the form of a carefully worded statement issued on behalf of the Queen on Tuesday. "We expect (that) of any institution".