As Michelle Obama put it, Meghan Markle’s claims about racist rumors at the British royal family were not surprising.

In an interview with NBC’s “TODAY” show set to air on Tuesday, the former First Lady was asked about Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.

Due to Markle’s biracial heritage, someone in the royal family even expressed privacy concerns to Harry about “how dark” Archie’s skin would be.

“It was heartbreaking to hear,” Jenna Bush Hager describes Markle’s recollections. She said, “her own family thought differently of her.”

Michelle said, “As I said before, race isn’t a new construct in this world for people of color, and so it wasn’t a complete surprise to hear her feelings and to have them articulated.”

She continued, “I think the thing that I hope for, and the thing I think about, is that this, first and foremost, is a family. I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so that they can use this as a teachable moment for us all.”

According to an interview published on Monday, Michelle expressed hope that the couple would find a way to reunite with the royal family.

The 57-year-old Michelle expressed, “My hope is that, when I think about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family, and I just pray that there is forgiveness, and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time.”

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