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Prince Charles chuckles at question about Harry and Meghan interview as he visits church vaccine clinic

by Press Association

The Prince of Wales chuckled when he was asked if he had seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey during his visit to a north-west London church.

Charles was questioned by the media as he made his first public appearance since Meghan and Harry’s claim a member of the royal family made a racist comment about their son.

At the end of a visit to an NHS pop-up vaccine clinic in Jesus House, a member of the press asked: “Sir, what did you think of the interview?”

Charles turned to look at the reporter as he left the building, then carried on walking, chuckling.

Pressure is mounting on Buckingham Palace to respond to a string of allegations made by Meghan and Harry in their Oprah Winfrey interview.

The most damning was the claim an unnamed member of the royal family was worried about how dark the skin tone of the Sussexes' son might be before he was born.

Charles wore a face mask as he toured Jesus House in Brent Cross, meeting NHS and church staff working on the vaccination pop-up clinic as well as community members due to receive their jab.

He seemed at ease as he chatted to the workers including one woman who said she was from Nigeria.

The prince replied: "Oh fantastic, yes, I've been there.

"Lots of different ethnic groups.

"Do give them my kind regards next time you speak to them."

In the interview the heir to the throne was singled out for criticism by his son Harry who said Charles had stopped returning his calls when he was trying to discuss stepping down as a working royal.

The duke also said about his father: "I feel really let down because he's been through something similar.

"He knows what pain feels like."

He added: "I will always love him, but there's a lot of hurt that's happened.

"And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship."

Jesus House in collaboration with The NHS is running a pop-up vaccination clinic as part of the on-going nationwide vaccination programme.

With recent statistics highlighting significant hesitancy to take the vaccine within BAME communities in the UK, the faith-led effort has been welcomed from the large north London church which has a significant percentage of its congregation from ethnic minorities.

Pastor Agu Irukwu, senior pastor at Jesus House said in a statement: ‘I am going to take the vaccine myself and so are my wife and children because it’s not just about you, it is about protecting others. I believe also that it is part of the answer to our prayers, we have been praying for God to give the scientific community wisdom for a vaccine and now we have a vaccine. Prayers have been answered, so let’s go ahead and take the vaccine.’

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