Michelle Obama Throws Shade At Meghan Markle But Says She's Not Surprised About Racism Allegation Against The Royal Family

Michelle Obama took a thinly veiled swipe at Meghan Markle's Oprah interview on Tuesday morning, saying that she personally chose to focus on the people she 'serves' rather than herself while in public service. 

Michelle was asked by Jenna Bush Hager for an interview on NBC what she thought of Meghan's comments in the interview. 

'When you watched Meghan Markle speak out, what went through your mind?' Bush Hager asked.

At first she replied: 'Public service it's a bright, sharp hot spotlight and most people don't understand it nor should they.

'The thing that I always keep in mind is that none of this is about us, in public service,it's about the people that we serve. I always try to push the light back out and focus it on the folks that we're actually here to serve.'

Bush Hager then said: 'But what about when she talked about the fact that she experienced racism? 

'I mean I feel like that was heartbreaking to hear that she felt like she was in her own family, her own family, thought differently of her.' 

Michelle, who met most of the Royal Family when serving as First Lady,  replied: 'Race isn't a new construct in this world, for people of color. So it wasn't a complete surprise to, sort of, hear her feelings and have them articulated. 

She went on: 'The thing that hope for and the thing that I think about is that this first and foremost is a family and I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so they can use his as a teachable moment for them all.' 

Prince William last week hit back against claims his family are racist. His firm rebuttal comes after Buckingham Palace issued a statement on Tuesday on behalf of the Queen expressing how the issues they raised, particularly that of race, were very ‘concerning’.

But the statement also made clear the Queen and senior royals were also keen to stand their ground, adding: ‘While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.’

The owner of MailOnline and the Daily Mail has complained to CBS for doctoring headlines and taking them out of context during the Oprah interview, watched by tens of millions of people around the globe.

Obama said that she hoped the family rift could be healed. 

Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, made several extraordinary and damaging allegations about the royal family during their primetime interview, including claims that an unnamed member of the monarchy had been worried about how dark their son Archie's skin tone might be before he was born.

And while Obama did not openly offer her support to one side or the other, in an interview with Access Hollywood - to promote her new Netflix show - she seemed to side with Meghan and Harry when she urged the couple to 'forgive' the royal family in the wake of the bombshell interview. 

The Obamas first met the Queen in 2009 during the former president's first year in office. 

They were introduced to Prince William and Kate Middleton when they returned to Buckingham Palace in 2011, and they had one last visit to the U.K. in 2016. 

Prince Harry has been friends with the Obamas for years, bonding over humanitarian and military issues, as well as his inspirational Invictus Games for injured military personnel and veterans. They even took part in a video skit with the Queen to publicize it.

Meghan is believed to be friends with Michelle Obama and had secretly attended a talk the author gave in London in 2018.  

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