Royal Family To Review Diversity Efforts After Meghan and Harry’s Oprah Interview
The announcement follows the couple’s explosive revelations about racism within the royal family.
The British royal family is reviewing their diversity plans, which now may include the appointment of a diversity chief to oversee the efforts. According to the BBC, royal sources have stressed that Buckingham Palace already has a set of policies, procedures, and programs in place, but is unsatisfied with the progress so far.
The news comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in early March (click here to read the recap). In one of the most explosive revelations, the couple described conversations with members of the royal family over “concerns about how dark [Archie’s] skin would be” before their son was born, with the family being allegedly “concerned that he would be born too dark.”
Both Harry and Meghan declined to reveal who was behind those comments, but Oprah later clarified the prince had emphasized to her off-camera that the remarks had not come from either Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip.
The royal family did not know the content of the interview before it aired. In response, Buckingham Palace issued a short statement on behalf of the Queen. “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning,” the statement read. “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
When asked about the interview later, Prince William said that he had yet to talk to his brother Harry and that the royals were “very much not a racist family.”
Even though the diversity efforts were underway before Harry and Meghan’s interview, their comments will be taken into consideration as part of the process, as reported by The Guardian.
The work around diversity will reportedly include a “listen and learn” exercise in the next few weeks by royal aides, who will speak to a range of individuals about how representation can be improved by the royal family. They will also collaborate with people from minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ communities.