Her comments come after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down with US chat show legend Oprah Winfrey for an “intimate” and “wide-ranging” discuss
Her comments come after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down with US chat show legend Oprah Winfrey for an “intimate” and “wide-ranging” discussion. The highly anticipated programme aired in the UK on Monday evening on ITV.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family last year.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Ms Goddard explained how the Duchess was “a huge beam of light” as a senior royal.
The broadcast said: “I think Meghan was a huge missed opportunity because Harry and Meghan were obviously screaming into their pillows not being heard.
“And first of all, I thought initially after the interview, I thought ‘oh that’s it the Royal Family have really quite blown it’.
“They have a chance to claw some of that back a bit depending on how they deal with this, especially the whole issue around racism.”
During the interview with Oprah, Meghan claimed that an unnamed family member asked “how dark” the Sussexes’ son Archie’s skin might be.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said in response to allegations made in the interview that “recollections may vary” but the issues will be addressed privately.
Ms Goddard added: “Certainly in Britain young people of mixed heritage is the fastest growing group.
“But all around for black people, for people of colour, Meghan Markle is honestly I can’t tell you such a huge beam of light.
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“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.”
Ms Goddard also told Sky News that the statement from the Palace is “a massive first step”.
She said: “I just think saying ‘you know what we hear your pain, we take these things very seriously and we’re going to talk about them’ is a massive first step. I think it’s wonderful.”