Boris Johnson today refused to say if coverage of the Duchess of Sussex is racist as he was quizzed on the Royal row gripping the UK.
The Prime Minister was questioned on BBC Breakfast for the first time since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their bid to step down as senior royals.
Mr Johnson said he was "confident they're going to sort this out" – but refused to comment further, saying it wouldn't help.
And he would not comment on claims that coverage of the Duchess has been racist.
It comes a day after Home Secretary Priti Patel denied there had been racism in the media towards Meghan. She said: "I actually haven't listened to the debates. But I'm not in that category at all where I believe there's racism at all."
Last year more than 70 female MPs signed a letter condemning "outdated, colonial undertones" in coverage of the Duchess.
Yet asked if race was an issue, Mr Johnson said: "I’m going to repeat my point. I don’t think this is helped by running commentary from politicians."
The Queen reluctantly gave the couple her blessing to step back yesterday after talks with Prince Harry at Sandringham.
He and Meghan announced they wish to divide their time between both sides of the Atlantic – and took a swipe at "inaccurate" reporting in the UK media.
Mr Johnson said: "My view on this is very straightforward.
"I am a massive fan of the Queen and of the Royal Family as a fantastic asset for our country.
"I’m absolutely confident that they are going to sort this out.
"And you know, I think they’re probably going to be able to sort it out easier without any particular commentary from me."
Asked if the taxpayer-funded couple – who say they want "financial independence" – had a right to a private life, the Tory leader said: "I think all those dilemmas are well understood.
"Let them sort it out. But they're going to sort it out much more easily without running commentary from politicians."
It came as the Queen made a bid to return to business as usual today by announcing a State Visit by the Japanese Emperor.
Emperor Naruhito – who ascended to the throne last May – and Empress Masako have accepted an invitation to stay at Windsor Castle in spring 2020.
Today's announcement from Buckingham Palace came hours after Her Majesty made a rare personal statement to address the crisis over her grandson.
She held a summit at Sandringham with Prince Harry about his and Meghan Markle's decision to step back as senior royals.
The Queen said while she had wished Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to remain senior royals, she would support their decision to become "financially independent" and move partly across the Atlantic.
Yet few details of how that independence from the UK taxpayer will happen have been revealed. The UK government has repeatedly refused to rule out continuing to fund the couple's security.
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