The Prince William And Kate Middleton Pictures That Are Causing A Stir

The tea is still spilling following the bombshell Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview that aired on March 7, 2021. The revelatory sit-down covered a variety of subjects, from Meghan and Harry's secret wedding ceremony prior to their televised nuptials to the truth about Meghan and sister-in-law Kate Middleton's relationship. One of the most shocking statements, however, came when Meghan and Prince Harry claimed that there were concerns within the royal family about unborn baby Archie's skin color because Meghan is biracial.

While they declined to reveal who in particular brought up Archie's skin color, Oprah Winfrey, who led the interview, confirmed to CBS This Morning on March 8 that it was neither Queen Elizabeth II nor her husband, Prince Philip. The accusation prompted the queen to issue a statement saying that the serious claims are "concerning" and would be addressed privately.

Prince William also took a chance to set the record straight, telling reporters that the British royal family is "very much not a racist family," per CBS News. Furthermore, the Black choir that performed at Meghan and Prince Harry's 2018 wedding spoke on Prince Charles' behalf once he started receiving some flack for the situation, saying that he himself invited the choir to perform and was very grateful for them afterward.

However, now some are beginning to question if Prince William and Kate Middleton could be the faces behind the conversations about Archie's skin color because pictures of them have resurfaced — and they are causing quite a stir.

People are not pleased with unearthed photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Some old photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton have been rediscovered by TMZ, and it's not the best look for the couple. According to the outlet, the pictures are from a September 2012 visit to the Solomon Islands as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour, which celebrated the queen's 60th anniversary ruling over the U.K. The images show William and Kate sitting on heavily embellished chairs being carried on the shoulders of local islanders. While TMZ noted that the ceremony may be traditional for notable people visiting the islands, it also pointed out the tradition likely began as a way to honor white people during colonization.

It seems like people are viewing the photos as an issue with race and power, and they are speaking out. "These images of Prince William and Kate Middleton being carried on elevated thrones by indigenous folks in Tuvalu are pretty damning and most terribly bring to mind the atrocities millions of Black people suffered at the hands of the British monarchy from time immemorial," one person slammed. Another person simply wrote that they were "speechless" after seeing the photographs.

The same trip turned heads when the couple wore clothing traditional from the Cook Islands, rather than the Solomon Islands, during the visit. A spokesperson for William and Kate told Us Weekly at the time that "the Duke and Duchess intended to wear traditional Solomon Island clothes and this was appreciated."