A senior UK politician has dismissed suggestions Meghan Markle has been subjected to racist press coverage.
Home Secretary Priti Patel was asked about the media reaction to Meghan and Prince Harry’s decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set for crunch talks about their future roles with the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge at Sandringham on Monday.
At the weekend, it was reported that Prince William said he can no longer “put his arm around” his brother.
Ms Patel said she had not seen any debates or commentary about Ms Markle that she thought were racist – despite claims that racism has driven negative media reports.
In November 2016, Harry lashed out at the “wave of abuse and harassment” the US actress had faced from the media – citing the “racial undertones of comment pieces” among his concerns.
Ms Patel, speaking to the BBC, rejected suggestions the Duchess of Sussex had been subjected to racist press coverage.
She said: “I’m not in that category at all where I believe there’s racism at all.
“I think we live in a great country, a great society, full of opportunity, where people of any background can get on in life.”
Asked if the media had been in any way racist, she replied: “I don’t think so, no.
“I certainly haven’t seen that through any debates or commentary or things of that nature.”
Monday’s meeting is expected to be attended by the Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles, while Ms Markle is expected to join the talks by phone from Canada.
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It has been reported that Charles could cut back his funding for the Sussexes following their controversial move.
Ms Patel refused to comment on future security arrangements for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex if they step back from royal life.
“I’m not going to provide any detailed information on the security arrangements for either them or any members of the Royal Family or for any protected individuals – that’s thoroughly inappropriate for me to do so.
“At this moment in time, right now, the Royal Family themselves need some time and space for them to work through the current issues that they’re dealing with.”