Blakely, who is mixed race, says similar conversations occurred within her family.
“At a time where racism is at the forefront of our world in terms of creating awareness around it, I think [those comments] can be damning. [But] I think what’s really important to remember [is] we didn’t understand the context of how that conversation or how those ‘concerns’ were presented.
“For the Royal Family, who have never had a person of colour come into their ranks before, the possibility that their first great grandchild could be coloured would be a conversation you would have.
“I come from a mixed race family and I know that my dad’s family in central Otago acted in exactly the same way when my Samoan mother came into the picture. Those conversations were had about if the children would be brown.
“They definitely could be damning, if we know the context – if they really were racially-based, but also if it was just a conversation of: “well Harry, do you think he’s going be quite brown?'”
The allegation of racist comments from the Royal Family have drawn an official response from Buckingham Palace.
“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,” the statement reads.