Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have called for an end to “structural racism”, saying he is holding back young blacks on their recent foray into politically sensitive issues normally avoided by the British royal family.
In an interview for The Evening Standard newspaper, Harry said Britain could be a better place if whites understood more about “skin of a different color”.
“As long as structural racism persists, there will be generations of young colored people who don’t start their lives with the same opportunities as their white counterparts,” the couple wrote in an article for the newspaper.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made several comments on racial issues since stepping down from their roles as working members of the royal family and moving to California in late March.
Harry, 36, told Standard that he has been awakened to the problems of blacks and other ethnic minorities since meeting Meghan, whose father knows and whose mother is African American.
“I wasn’t aware of so many problems and problems in the UK or around the world. I thought I did, but I didn’t,” he said.
“It’s not about pointing a finger, it’s not about guilt. I’ll be the first person to say it’s about learning again,” Harry told the newspaper.
“And about how we can do better. I think it’s a really exciting time in British culture and British history as well as world culture,” added Harry, who is Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth on the throne.
“A wonderful thing”
The interview, conducted on video from their new home, coincides with the start of Black History Month in the UK, which celebrates the contribution of blacks to the nation.
However, the Sussexes have been accused in the UK media of disregarding the tradition of the royal family not speaking out on political matters.
Last week they encouraged Americans to vote in the November presidential election. Harry said it was “important that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity”.
Critics said his comments could be read as a call to vote against US President Donald Trump. Buckingham Palace said the remarks represented Harry’s personal views.
The newspaper said Harry accepted in the interview that their views “may appear controversial”.
In June, Meghan, 39, said she was sorry that children had to grow up in a world where racism still existed and that events in the United States were “devastating” after the death of George Floyd.
When asked about the ongoing protests against Black Lives Matters, Meghan told the newspaper they were inflammatory for many people, but added: “If there is only peaceful protest and if the intention is only to want community and only recognition of equality to want, that’s a nice thing “.
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