Prince Harry denies the royal family was racist for worrying about Archie’s skin colour

Prince Harry denies the royal family was racist for worrying about Archie’s skin colour

Prince Harry denies the royal family was racist for worrying about Archie’s skin colour

In a new interview, Prince Harry offered a confusing perspective on one of the most explosive revelations from his conversation with Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey.

In the 2021 interview, Meghan said members of the royal family had “worries and conversations” when she was pregnant with her son Archie about how dark his skin would be – a claim that was widely understood and reported as an accusation of racism caused an uproar around the world.

In an interview aired on British television on Sunday, Prince Harry denied that was the implication. When ITV’s Tom Bradby revealed that the Duke of Sussex had “accused members of your family of racism” in the Winfrey interview, Harry pushed back.

“No I haven’t. That’s what the British press said,” Harry said. “Did Meghan ever mention you’re racist?”

Bradby mentioned Meghan’s revelation that “there were disturbing comments about Archie’s skin colour”.

“There were concerns about the color of his skin,” Harry replied.

“Right. Wouldn’t you call that essentially racist?” Bradby followed.

“I wouldn’t,” Harry said. “I didn’t live in this family.”

“The difference between racism and unconscious bias, those are two things,” he continued. “But once you have been acknowledged or made aware, as an individual or institution, that you have unconscious biases, you have an opportunity to learn and grow from them so that you are part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Otherwise, unconscious bias then goes into the category of racism.”

The Sussexes have declined to name the members of the royal family involved in the talks about Archie’s skin, although the couple clarified after the interview that the comments did not come from Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip.

Prince William responded to claims that the royals were “very much not a racist family”, while Buckingham Palace issued a statement after the interview saying that “the issues raised, particularly those of race, are worrying” and ” would be addressed”. from the family privately.”

Amid ongoing backlash at the time, royal sources told the media the palace was considering appointing a Diversity Tsar as part of efforts to modernize the monarchy.

The Duke of Sussex spoke to ITV's Tom Bradby in an interview that aired two days before the official release of his autobiography.
The Duke of Sussex spoke to ITV’s Tom Bradby in an interview that aired two days before the official release of his autobiography, Spare.

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While Harry defended his family in Sunday’s interview, he also called out the royal institution for missing the opportunity for change, noting that no czar of diversity materialized.

“Everything they said would happen didn’t happen. I’ve always been open to wanting to help them understand their role in it, and especially when you’re the monarchy – you have a responsibility and people rightly hold you to a higher standard than others,” he said.

He pointed to a recent racist incident as “a very good example of the environment within the institution”. In December, a royal assistant, Lady Susan Hussey, who had served for decades as lady-in-waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth, apologized and resigned after being prompted to repeatedly ask black charity founder Ngozi Fulani during a palace where from they “really come”. Reception.

Later in the interview, however, Harry defended Lady Hussey, insisting that she meant no harm.

“All we’ve asked for in the last… few years is some responsibility [from the monarchy],” he said. “And I’m delighted that Ngozi Fulani has been invited to the palace to sit down with Lady Susan Hussey to reconcile, because Meghan and I love Susan Hussey. She thinks she’s amazing.”

“And I know what she meant too – she never meant it badly, but the reaction from the British press and people online to the stories they wrote was appalling. The response was absolutely appalling.”

Harry has given a series of interviews amid a media frenzy to promote his new memoir, Spare, which accidentally went on sale in Spain a few days before its official January 10 release date.

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