Meghan Markle says that members of the UK royal family had conversations with Prince Harry expressing concerns about how dark their son Archie's skin would be ahead of his birth.
The Duchess of Sussex made the shocking revelation during her much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the US on Sunday evening.
Meghan revealed that when she was pregnant with Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, she was advised he would not be given a royal title.
"The first member of colour in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren were ..." Meghan said.
She added that while the couple did not necessarily want Archie to be given a royal title, they were worried his lack of title would mean he did not have the same security protection as other members of the family later in life.
"We were very scared having to offer up our baby, knowing they weren't going to be kept safe," she said.
"In those months when I was pregnant, all around the same time ... So we have in tandem the conversation of, he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title. And also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
"What? Who is having that conversation with you?" Winfrey asked. "There's a conversation with you ...? Hold up. There's a conversation?"
There are several conversations ... with Harry," Meghan said.
"With how dark your baby is going to be?" quizzed Winfrey.
"Potentially. And what that would mean or look like," Meghan said.
"And you're not going to tell me who had that conversation?" Winfrey said.
"I think that it would be very damaging to them," Meghan answered. "That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him."
Later in the bombshell interview, Prince Harry refused to reveal who had enquired about the race of his future children.
"That conversation, I am never going to share," Harry told Winfrey.
"At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked," he said. The conversation took place "right at the beginning" of his relationship with Meghan, he said.