Royal racism row 'feeds into narrative' from Harry and Meghan
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The Royal Family has been, once again, shrouded in controversy after black British charity founder Ngozi Fulani accused a senior royal aide of racism. Lady Susan Hussey, the late Queen’s lady-in-waiting and Prince William’s godmother, has resigned after a transcript of an alleged racist conversation emerged online. Buckingham Palace has since released a statement condemning the racist comments in the exchange, but the royal racism row has already generated fierce attention. The news follows earlier claims of racism within the Royal Family voiced by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Speaking of the incident involving Ms Fulani, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “It’s disastrous for the royal family because this tends to feed into the narrative which we have been hearing from Harry and Meghan that there is racism in the Royal Family.
“Allegations, also, that there was racism in the Royal household.
“That is why, and I think absolutely correctly, Buckingham Palace issued the strongest statement about the unacceptable nature of that excruciating exchange.”
He added: “This has been the very last thing that the Palace wanted.”
Following their step down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave a shocking interview to Oprah Winfrey.
The couple alleged an unnamed member of the Royal Family had aired concerns over their unborn son, Archie, relating to “how dark” his skin might be.
The Duchess of Sussex has also condemned the Palace for failing to intervene when she became the subject of “racist” stories in the British media.
Mr Fitzwilliams noted: “The Sussexes are always keen on controlling the narrative – they seem to be doing that now.”
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The latest allegations of racism against the monarchy have coincided with the release of the Netflix trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan’s upcoming docu-series.
Mr Fitzwilliams reported: “It just so happens that we’ve had the trailer for Harry and Meghan’s series with Netflix released today. There are a whole variety of issues here.”
Additionally, the royal expert highlighted: “There is no question that this has overshadowed the first part of the Prince and and Princess of Wales’ trip to Boston because obviously this has gone viral – it’s gone worldwide.”
With Prince William and Kate currently in the US ahead of the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on Friday, a spokesperson for the couple released a statement concerning the revelations of Ms Fulani.
The statement read: “Racism has no place in our society. These comments were unacceptable and it’s right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.”
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Just days after the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony concludes, Prince Harry and Meghan will themselves travel to the east coast of the US to accept the Ripple of Hope Award.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been honoured by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation in recognition of their work on “racial justice”.
Kerry Kennedy, President of the nonprofit and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy has celebrated the couple for calling out “structural racism” within the British monarchy.
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