Meghan Markle‘s father, Thomas Markle, said on Tuesday that he does not think the British Royals are racist that he hoped Markle’s claim that a royal family member’s question about how dark her son, Archie’s, skin color would be thought of as just a “dumb question.”

This is in response to Markle’s claim during her interview with Oprah that Archie was denied the title of prince because there were concerns among the royals about how dark his skin might be.

“I have great respect for the royals, and I don’t think the British royal family are racist at all. I don’t think the British are racist, I think Los Angeles is racist, California is a racist, but I don’t think the Brits are,” Markle told ITV.

“The thing about what color will the baby be or how dark will the baby be; I’m guessing and hoping it’s just a dumb question from somebody … It could be somebody asked a stupid question. Rather than being a total racist,” he said. “This whole thing about color and how dark the baby is is bullshit.”

Thomas said that Prince Harry and his daughter should have waited to do the interview because of Queen Elizabeth‘s age and Prince Phillip‘s health.

Markle and her father have been estranged since 2018, right before Markle married Prince Harry. Thomas, a former lighting director for U.S. TV soaps and sitcoms, pulled out of the wedding right before it happened after he had heart surgery. He said he felt his daughter let him down while he was in the hospital.

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