John Barnes has said the unnamed royal who questioned the skin color of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie was “just being realistic” and not racist.
Ex-Liverpool ace, 57, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during an explosive interview that Archie was not made a prince after “concerns and talks” about how dark his skin would be when he was born.
Barnes said in his opinion that most black people would say “so what” to a question about their child’s skin color.
Barnes – a father-of-seven – told Sunday Times Magazine: “You talk to most black people and they’ll say ‘Yeah, so what?’ I hope to talk to the family.
“People will always wonder what the baby will look like and if it’s going to be dark.
“If you listen to Meghan, it’s not about her [the unnamed royal] It’s their concern about whether the child is blind, it’s their concern about how the public is going to see it.
“Because they know that if the child is too black, the public will not view the child positively. They are realists.
“Let’s not pretend that the public won’t care whether it’s a blue-eyed kid with blond hair or jet black, because they will.”
Barnes said: “The problem now is that if you don’t like him, people will call you a racist when it has nothing to do with it.
“That’s why it’s important to separate the idea of racism and his character as a human being.”
During an interview with Oprah earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex said she had a conversation with Prince Harry and a “family” member about her unborn son and what his skin color would be – and “what the What would it mean or what would it look like”.
But Meghan declined to say who started those conversations, saying it would be “harmful” for her.
Prince Harry said he would “never share the full details” of the discussion, but was asked early in his relationship with Meghan how dark their children’s skin might be.
But Oprah revealed that it wasn’t the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh who made the comment about Archie’s skin.
She told CBS This Morning: “He didn’t share identity with me, but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had the opportunity to share it, it wasn’t his grandmother or grandfather who was the source of those conversations.” were part.
“He didn’t tell me who was part of those conversations.”
Speaking to Oprah, Meghan said the concern was raised at the same time that future parents were told that Archie would not receive protection because he is not a prince.
She said: “All the grandeur around this stuff isn’t really important to me.
“But in the months when I was pregnant, almost at the same time: together with us she would not be given protection, a title and also not worrying and talking about how dark her skin might be when she was born.”
Oprah was stunned and replied: “What? Have a conversation… Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Now.”
“Are you talking to me?” Meghan added: “With Harry.”
Oprah continued: “How dark is your baby going to be?”
Meghan replied: “Potentially, and what it would mean or look like.”
Oprah gasped again: “Wow.”
Asked if there were concerns that their baby would be “too brown” and that this would be a problem, Meghan said: “If you’re making that assumption, it’s pretty safe.”