“In those months when I was pregnant [there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born,” said Meghan, explaining that the conversations were held with Prince Harry who then relayed them to her.
Harry added: “That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
The interview led to calls for the “royal racist” to be named, with the Duke of Cambridge asked in public about the accusations and answering: “We are very much not a racist family.”
In an interview about his new book, The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism, Barnes said he watched the interview at home with his wife.
He told the Sunday Times Magazine: “You speak to most black people and they’ll say: “Yeah, so what?” I would expect that conversation to be had by the family.
“People will always wonder what the baby will look like and if it is going to be dark.
“If you listen to what Meghan says, it’s not about them [the unnamed royal] worrying if the baby is dark or not, it’s them worrying about how the public are going to view that.
“Because they know if the baby is too dark, the public will not view the baby as positively. They’re being realistic.
“Let’s not pretend the public won’t care whether it’s a blond-haired blue-eyed baby or jet black, because they will.”
Of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, he added: “I’m not a big fan of theirs.
“A lot of black people I know aren’t. The problem now is that if you don’t like her, people will call you a racist, when it’s got nothing to do with that.