JOANNA Lumley has spoken out in defence of the Royal Family after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Ab Fab actress shared her two cents saying she ‘feels sorry’ for members of the Royal Family.
In the interview, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, revealed they were expecting a little girl, due in summer, but they also sensationally claimed an unnamed royal had quizzed them on “how dark” their son Archie’s skin would be.
The Duke of Sussex went on to say racism was a major factor in their decision to spark Megxit and quit the UK for America.
When probed for her opinion on the interview which attracted 11 million viewers in the US, Joanna said she didn’t want to get in “too deep”.
She said on the Jeremy Vine show: “I don’t want to get in too deep because I know people have gone very sensitive on all sides about this, but it did seem to me a bit one-sided because everybody knows that the Royal Family can’t really answer back. So no matter what you say, they can’t answer back.
“So I was anxious not to watch it, actually. I didn’t want to watch it and I didn’t watch it, the interview. But you can’t avoid it because everybody’s talking about it, it’s on all the news things and on all the papers. I feel terribly sorry about the whole thing.
“I’m so sorry for that whole family, who we love so much. Everybody was so happy at the wedding and I just think it’s spread a bit of uneasy and unhappiness just when we should be spreading unity and positivism and lots of love.”
The fall-out from the interview, conducted near the couple’s home in California, saw Buckingham Palace issue a statement in response.
It said: “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.”
Prince William yesterday insisted the royals were “very much not a racist family”.
A stern Wills yesterday became the first senior Royal to speak out following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah interview.
On a visit to a school in East London, the Duke of Cambridge told reporters that he hadn’t spoken to his brother following the CBS broadcast on Sunday evening – but added: “I will do”.