Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were "not surprised" by the Queen's terse assertion that "recollections may vary" after they accused a senior royal of racism, according to a new update to last year's unauthorised Finding Freedom biography.
Buckingham Palace took 36 hours to respond to the couple's explosive Oprah interview earlier this year.
Its much-anticipated statement, credited to the Queen, read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
"Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
According to the epilogue of a new edition of unauthorised 'Finding Freedom', the Sussexes reportedly said the Queen's comments were disappointing and "did not go unnoticed".
A source close to them told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant the couple were “‘not surprised’ that full ownership was not taken.”
A friend of Meghan's reportedly said: “Months later and little accountability has been taken.
"How can you move forward without that?”
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The authors write: “It took 36 hours for the palace to weigh in when Queen Elizabeth issued a statement saying they were ‘saddened to learn’ of the challenges Harry and Meghan had faced but adding that ‘some recollections may vary'.
They added Buckingham Palace had no further comment on the updated biography.
Meghan and Harry hit global headlines when Markle accused a senior member of the royal family of asking "how dark" son Archie would be.
Harry said racist attitudes were a "large part" of the family's decision to move to North America.
Neither of the Sussexes would name the relative who made the comments about the baby's skin colour, but confirmed it wasn't the Queen or Prince Philip.
The latest edition of Finding Freedom, including the new epilogue, will be published on August 31.
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