Prince William's Response To The Oprah Tell-All Has The Internet Furious

Aside from a blanket statement made by the royal family after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on March 7, the royals have pretty much stayed mum on the explosive tell-all. 

"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," the statement read (via CNN). "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While 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."

Some of the "issues" the Palace are referring to include the jaw-dropping revelation that certain members of the royal family were concerned over how "dark" baby Archie's skin tone would be — before his birth — along with Meghan's treatment by the British media in comparison to Kate Middleton's. And while people from all over the world remain divided over Meghan and Harry's interview, one member of the royal family finally responded to the interview four days after its premiere.

Prince William's remarks has internet fuming

Royals correspondent Richard Palmer took to Twitter to share the first statement from the royal family, made by Prince William. 

In the video, Palmer asked the Duke of Cambridge if he's spoken to Prince Harry since the tell-all interview aired, to which he responded, "No, I haven't spoken to him yet, but I will do." Palmer then asked if the royal family was racist and Prince Williams promptly responded that the family is "very much not a racist family."

Prince William's response didn't sit too well with social media users. One Twitter user, writing, "So Prince william can speak out to defend the royal family by saying 'we're not a racist family' but he can't speak out in defence of the ONE member of the family actually subjected to racism?" Another Twitter user agreed, adding, "Prince William, as a white man doesn't get to decide if his family is racist. Meghan, as a woman of colour in your family, does. He and his family need to listen to her. She says they are. Then instead, publicly apologise and do the work of anti-racism."

Another social media user made a point in their tweet about Prince William's response, writing, "The fact that Prince William has spoken to the press before his own brother about the accusations & upset over racist comments, speaks volumes."

However not all disagree with Prince William's statement

As more and more people criticized Prince William for his response, with some even likening him to the white parents in Jordan Peele's Get Out – specifically when the father says, "We absolutely would have voted for Obama a third time if we could have" – others came to Prince William's defense. 

"I thought he handled it well," a Twitter user wrote. "He's doing is [sic] job. Continuing on with his service. He's focusing on the charity at hand not this soap opera the public are salivating over."

Another agreed, writing, "Doesn't owe anyone any explanation. 99 times out of 100 the family member airing dirty laundry in public is the a–hole of the group. I do not believe this to be the exception." 

A royal family enthusiast made their own claims about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Prince William. "I agree completely with Prince William saying Royal Family is not racist," they wrote. "Opera [sic] gushed when Meghan blamed royals for racism and that was the high point of interview. I see Meghan a manipulator and attention seeker. She betrayed the Queen who I hope will kick her out with husband."

Prince William and Prince Harry have had a distant relationship for quite some time

Although Prince William has yet to reach out to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle directly, as of writing this article, it's not too surprising that the brothers have yet to speak. 

During the interview, Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he and Prince Williams are currently giving each other space, but that doesn't necessarily mean he has any ill wishes toward his older brother. 

"The relationship is space. Time heals all things, hopefully," he told the legendary talk show host. "I love William to bits. He's my brother. We've been through hell together. But we are on different paths."

Neither Harry nor Meghan have responded to Prince William's comments, but as one can see, it seems like everyone has an opinion about the ongoing controversy surrounding the royal family. However, with Prince William finally commenting on the interview, perhaps in the coming days, more members of the royal family will, too.