Already battling with suggestions of racism in the Royal Family Prince Harry and Duchess MeghanBuckingham Palace on Wednesday faced explosive new allegations of decades of systemic discrimination against people of color – and with documentation to back it up.
The Guardian, Britain’s left-wing newspaper and a leader in the long-standing movement to get rid of the monarchy, Published a report declaring that Queen Elizabeth II’s top courtiers banned “colours” immigrant or foreigner” From serving in clerical roles in the royal household until at least the late 1960s, according to documents discovered in the National Archives of the United Kingdom.
“(documents reveal) how in 1968, the Queen’s chief financial manager informed civil servants that ‘it was not, in fact, customary to appoint ‘coloured immigrants or foreigners’ to clerical roles in the royal household, although they were allowed to work as domestic servants,” The Guardian reported.
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During the same period, the top positions advising the emperor went mostly to white, upper-class or aristocratic men, many of whom were Oxbridge grads and/or held high-ranking positions in the military.
The paper also reported that documents show that in the 1970s, the Queen and her aides were able to negotiate with government officials to exempt the royal family from laws prohibiting discriminatory recruitment practices, which are practiced today. to prevent royal employees from suing for alleged discrimination at work. .
USA Today sought comment from Buckingham Palace regarding The Guardian’s story.
The Guardian suggested the news, which nearly came after a national nervous breakdown in late March. What did Harry and Meghan say about racism in the family and the media in their interview with Oprah Winfrey?Of course, “the British will rule the royal family and the debate over race.”
Among other things, the Queen’s grandson, 36, and his fraternity’s American wife, 39, have claimed that she has been a target of racism in the media and on social media, and that a member of the royal family has spoken out about her child’s complexion. thought. skin.
What must have been a coincidence, the news in The Guardian came on the same day Buckingham Palace announces plans to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Next year will mark his 70 years on the throne – an unprecedented milestone for any British monarch.
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Initially, the palace refused to respond to The Guardian for its report. Later, the palace issued a statement to E! News, suggesting that claims based on “second-hand accounts of conversations 50 years ago” may not be relevant to contemporary operations.
“The Royal Family and the Sovereign comply with the provisions of the Equality Act, both in principle and in practice,” the palace statement said. “This is reflected in the diversity, inclusion and dignity-at-work policies, procedures and practices within the Royal Family. Any complaint raised under the Act follows a formal process that seeks to hear and remedy any complaint. provides the means.”
Harry and Meghan in conversation with Winfrey after their grievances became public, The palace usually waited two days to issue a cautionary statement. It said the couple’s allegations of racism and lack of support are taken “very seriously” and will be addressed “privately” by the royal family.
“The whole family is saddened to learn how challenging the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan. Issues of race in particular have been raised,” the statement read. “While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed privately by the family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be very dear members of the family.”
Since then there has been silence in the palace. However, Harry’s brother Prince William answered a reporter’s question during the engagement a few days later, Briefly declared that the royal family is “not a racist family.”
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Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The media in Britain has been bullied by parliamentarians and millions of Britons, according to multiple polls and a flood of social media comments. He declined to release a statement in response to The Guardian’s story on the National Archive documents.
Couple, Now living in California after relinquishing his royal roles to gain more financial freedom and independence, three months ago shocked global audiences by accusing a member of the royal family that they would not express concern about a possible complexion. His mixed-race baby skin.
He also claimed that Meghan committed suicide under pressure to be in the royal family, but was turned down when she asked for help from the royal household.
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But after their explosive interview with the Daily Mail tabloid, a leader (and.) On the losing side of a privacy lawsuit filed by Meghan), were among the media outlets that recognized the potential impact of The Guardian’s report.
“The discovery (of documents) is likely to be Shameful for the firm as it grapples with allegations of systemic racism.” Produced by Harry and Meghan, The Mail concluded on Wednesday.
it is also likely to increase The Guardian’s campaign against the parliamentary system became known as the “Queen’s Consent”. which allows the Crown to secretly lobby the government to amend laws that are not in its favor or exempt the Crown.
Republicans, known in Britain as anti-monarchical, consider the practice non-transparent and unconstitutional, and have used it to argue that Britain must abolish the monarchy and elect its own head of state.
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