Royal family: Expert discusses ‘diversity chief’
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There have been reports that the Queen and Royal Family will appoint a Diversity Chief. This comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle claimed racist comments were made about their son, Archie’s skin colour in their sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. 9Honey royal commentator Natalie Oliveri gave more insight into the proposal.
She told viewers: “Interestingly this work on employing a dedicated staff member, or a team within Buckingham Palace to improve and increase diversity, is actually said to predate Harry and Meghan’s interview.
“So you wonder whether the Palace actually knew of what the couple was going to say.
“So then now this has come out.
“Look this hasn’t been confirmed yet, but apparently plans are underway.”
Ms Oliveri continued: “It is a proposal that has the full support of the Royal Family.
“A royal source says that the policies, procedures and programmes are in place, but they haven’t actually seen the progress they would like.
“So more needs to be done and they can always improve.
“It’s also going to look at increasing the LGBTIQ+ and disability representation within the Royal Household across all three at the moment.”
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She added: “But like I said, it does apparently predate the Oprah interview where Meghan claimed that someone within the Royal Family has raised concerns about the colour of Archie’s skin.”
The Duchess of Sussex had said that there were “concerns…about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when [he was] born”.
She told Oprah that the conversations had taken place with Harry, and then been relayed back to her.
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Meghan said: “In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time…so we have in tandem the conversation of ‘He won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
The Duchess refused to reveal the perpetrator, warning that it “would be very damaging to them”.
After the interview, Buckingham Palace issued a statement: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
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