BLM co-founder Opal Tometi calls for a BOYCOTT of the Royal Family after Meghan’s bombshell claim about concerns over Archie’s skin color
- Meghan claimed a member of the Royal Family had ‘concerns’ about Archie Opal Tometi told TMZ she believed there should be a boycott of the institution
- She added that black women like Meghan should be believed when speaking out
- Oprah said the comments weren’t made by the Queen or Prince Philip
Opal Tometi, 36, told the website she believed people should stop standing by the Palace after the Duchess of Sussex alleged one member of the family raised ‘concerns’ about Archie’s potential skin color when she was pregnant.
Meghan told Oprah there were ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born’.
The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Opal Tometi (pictured) is calling for a boycott of the Royal Family after Meghan Markle’s bombshell claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey
Meghan told Oprah there were ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when [Archie] was born’
She added: ‘That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him.’
The couple refused to name the person who allegedly made the comments but Prince Harry reportedly told Oprah off-air that they were not made by the Queen or Prince Philip.
Tometi, a prominent activist, said the allegations should make people turn their backs on the Royal Family, according to TMZ.
She said black women like Meghan should be believed when they speak out.
Tometi is known as one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. That group was at the center of protests last summer calling for racial justice in policing and other matters. Though some of the protests were destructive and violent, many were peaceful.
‘Opal Tometi is one of the most influential human rights leaders of our time,’ her website says. ‘Opal represents a level of courage and leadership that most of us only read about in Black history books,’ it proclaims.
She’s listed in a recent biography as living in New York and being the child of Nigerian immigrants to the United States. Tometi grew up in the Phoenix area.
Meanwhile, palace insiders have reacted with horror at the allegations by Meghan, saying it was deeply unfair to throw around such a damaging accusation, potentially libeling a number of senior royals who are unable to defend themselves.
It was also pointed out that there was no context to the alleged comment, which might shed more light on why it was said.
And there appeared to be a contradiction about when it was said, with Meghan saying it was while she was pregnant, while Harry said it had happened before their wedding.
Winfrey said she had been ‘shocked’ at the alleged comment regarding Archie’s skin tone, but although she had tried to ask Harry for more information, both on and off-camera, he had refused to divest more.
However, he told her he wanted it made clear that the person concerned was ‘not his grandmother nor his grandfather’.
The claim came as the duchess was asked about why she believed the Royal Family were trying to stop her unborn son being made a prince
Meghan had said in the interview: ‘In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, “you won’t be given security, not gonna be given a title” and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.’
She packaged it into her discussing how the Royal Family allegedly stripped Archie of his Prince title before he was born, and said she felt from the start of her pregnancy that the rules were being unfairly and inexplicably changed for him.
Oprah was stunned and asked her if the unidentified person was concerned he would be ‘too brown’.
Meghan replied: ‘If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.’