New Zealand politician gives blunt answer when asked about Meghan Markle’s racism claims
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah Winfrey interview contained many shocking revelations about the royal family when it aired earlier this week.

In particular, viewers were left reeling when Markle detailed “concerns and conversations” by an unnamed royal about “how dark” her future children’s skin would be.

The shocking accusations have been heavily discussed across the world. However, for one New Zealand politician, the skin tone comments aren’t are a surprise.

In a Newshub clip, Māori co-party leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer was approached and was pressed about her thoughts on the matter.

“What do you think of Harry and Meghan’s revelations about the royals were concerned about the colour of their child’s skin?” the interviewer probed.

Ngarewa-Packer's response was brief, to say the least.

“Well, it is the Crown. I don’t know why everyone is so surprised that the Crown is racist,” she said, matter-of-factly.

It’s not the first time the politician has been outspoken in regards to the British monarchy. Ngarewa-Packer often uses her platform to highlight the institution’s troubled colonial history in New Zealand and its devastating impact on Māori people.

Following the grand scale backlash after the Oprah interview, the Queen released a short statement on 10 March.

“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. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

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