Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer unsurprised at Royal racism allegations

The co-leader of the Māori Party says she's unsurprised at the revelation the Royal Family were worried over what colour Megan Markle's son would be.

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer was asked about her feelings towards the bombshell interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex which levelled allegations of racism against the royal family.

"Well it is the Crown," she said.

"I don't know why everyone is so surprised that the Crown is racist."

In the tell-all interview with talk show host Oprah, Markle revealed she was suicidal while pregnant with her son Archie. 

She said she was told her son wouldn't have a royal title, wouldn't be entitled to security, and was told there were concerns "about how dark his skin might be".

She would not reveal exactly which member of the family was concerned over her son's skin.

The highly-anticipated interview marks Harry and Meghan's first sit-down interview since stepping back as working royals to pursue financial freedom and independence in America.

Ngarewa-Packer is an open critic of the Crown and has called on it to apologise for the treatment of Māori , saying in her maiden speech in Parliament it was akin to the Holocaust.

Representatives of the Crown had confiscated her people’s land, imprisoned them without trial, and murdered and raped their women and children, she said.

She said it was important for her to be elected to Parliament to represent her tīpuna and ensure "this place never ever forgets the impact of racist legislation".