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Oprah: ‘It was not his grandmother nor his grandfather’ who raised concerns over Archie’s skin color

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip were not the royal family members who raised concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin might be, talk show host Oprah Winfrey clarified Monday morning after Sunday’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Winfrey followed up her exclusive interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with an appearance on CBS This Morning on Monday morning, where she revealed her reaction to the interview and clarified a few points.

Markle revealed Sunday that there were conversations within the royal family surrounding Meghan and Harry’s son Archie’s skin color.

“[Prince Harry] did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure that I knew and if I had an opportunity to share it that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather that were apart of those conversations,” Winfrey said Monday.

“He did not tell me who were apart of those conversations, as you can see I tried to get that answers, on camera and off,” Winfrey added.

Prince Harry also set the facts straight regarding their exit from the royal family.

It had been reported that Prince Harry and Meghan blindsided the Queen with their exit.

“The stories about being blindsided – blindsiding the queen – were very, very damaging to them and also hurtful because they understood very clearly that there had been months and months of preparation before they actually moved to Canada,” Winfrey said.

“The details are very important,” Winfrey noted.

Winfrey went on to quote a statement made by the Queen on Jan. 18 in which she said, “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” Winfrey quoted of the Queen.

“The Queen on Jan. 18 actually said that there had been months of conversation, but in spite of that, there were still all of those stories about blindsiding the Queen,” Winfrey said. “That’s why the details are important.”

Winfrey said the couple was ready to do the interview because they had been “lied about for a series of years.”

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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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