‘What does it matter?’ John Barnes defends Meghan after she was questioned about Archie’s skin tone by a “realistic” royal.
Former Liverpool and England star JOHN BARNES has endorsed the unknown Royal Family member who wondered “how black” newborn Archie would be when he was born.
The unidentified royal who asked Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, about the skin color of their baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, was “being realistic,” according to John Barnes, 57. The former professional footballer also said that most black people would respond with “so what” to the royal’s alleged question during The Duchess of Sussex’s first pregnancy.
People will “always wonder” what a baby will look like, Barnes, who is married to a white woman, said.
In a bombshell interview earlier this year, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey that one anonymous royal had expressed “fear” about Archie’s skin before he was born, causing the monarchy to fall apart.
Because she is mixed race and Harry is white, someone in The Firm had expressed “concerns” about “how dark” Archie’s complexion would be before he was born, according to the Duchess.
“That talk, I’m never going to disclose,” Harry added. It was awkward at the time, and I was surprised.” Because it would be “damaging” to them, the couple refused to name the individual in question, but maintained it was not Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip.
Viewers demanded that the royal be named, prompting a rare public condemnation from Harry’s brother, Prince William, who told reporters during a school visit in London that “we are not a racist family.”
Barnes, a former footballer who has authored a book about racism, argues, however, that the question was not unexpected.
‘You speak to most black folks and they’ll reply, ‘Yeah, so what?’ he stated in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine. That’s something I’d expect the family to discuss.
People will constantly be curious about the baby’s appearance and whether it will be dark.
“If you listen to Meghan, it’s not about them [the anonymous royals]worrying about whether the baby is black or not; it’s about how the public will react.
“They know that if the infant is excessively dark, the public will not regard the baby favorably..” Brinkwire Summary News “..