The Duke of Sussex said there was a “huge degree of unconscious bias” in the royal family as he discussed racism in his controversial Netflix series.
That comes just over 18 months after Harry and his wife Meghan, the first multiracial members of the modern monarchy, described the institution as racist and disinterested in an interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
In the second episode of Harry & Meghan, the couple who gave up their senior working royal status and moved to the US, reviewed several UK tabloid headlines ahead of Kensington Palace’s statement about the media’s treatment of the Duchess of Sussex.
These include “Harry’s Girl (Almost) Out of Compton”.
Meghan said: ‘Firstly, I’m not from Compton, I’ve never lived in Compton so that in fact is incorrect. But why should you dig into Compton?”
Other titles shown in the Netflix documentary were “One’s gone GanstTER,” and another said Meghan’s ancestors were “segregated seamstresses, teachers, and cleaners in Jim Crow South.” ethnicity”.
Harry said: “Eight days after the relationship went public, I released a statement calling out racist articles and headlines written by the British press as well as outright racism from those that article on social media.”
He added that during this time, members of the royal family asked why the duchess should be “protected” when they questioned the press headlines about her.
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“The direction from the Palace is not to say anything,” he said.
“But what people need to understand is that, for many families, everything she went through, they went through too.
“So it was almost like a rite of passage, and some family members said, ‘My wife has to go through that, so why should your girlfriend be treated differently?’ ‘Why should you get special treatment?’ ‘Why should she be protected?’”
“I said ‘The difference here is race’.”
The third episode of the documentary deals with an event in 2017 when Princess Michael of Kent wore a Blackamoor-style brooch that was deemed racist.
“In this family, sometimes you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution,” said Harry. There is a huge degree of unconscious bias.
“The unconscious bias is actually no one’s fault. But once it has been pointed out, or defined in yourself, then you need to get it right. That is education. That is awareness. It’s a constant work of progress for everyone, myself included.”
The duke mentioned his decision to attend a private fancy dress party in 2005 in the guise of a Nazi soldier from Afrika Korps complete with swastika decorated on his arm, which caused widespread outrage.
“It was probably one of the biggest mistakes of my life,” he said. I felt very embarrassed afterwards. All I want to do is make it right.”
In the new Netflix series, Harry, who is seen walking with his son Archie, who is speaking with an American accent, says it’s important that he and Meghan “don’t repeat the same mistakes” parents make they got it.
The Duke said: “My son, my daughter, my children are mixed, and I am really proud of that.
“As my children grow up, looking back at this moment, they turn to me and say, ‘What did you do in this moment?’ I want to be able to give them an answer.
“I think it’s a human responsibility that if you bring a little person into this world, then you should do everything you can to make the world a better place for them.
“However, the most important thing for both of us is to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes that perhaps our parents made.”
The documentary comes after serious concerns about racism in the monarchy once again hit the headlines as the Queen’s late lady, Lady Susan Hussey, repeatedly questioned Black family abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace reception about where she “really comes from”.
Lady Susan, the 83-year-old godmother of the Prince of Wales, has resigned and apologized after she repeatedly challenged Ms Fulani when she said she was British at the Queen’s reception and highlighted the violence for women and girls.
It also comes after Meghan and Harry alleged in an interview with Winfrey in March 2021 that a family member – neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – made racist remarks about their son and claimed that the duchess intended to commit suicide except for her. approach to the monarchy for help was rejected.
In the interview, the duchess said one royal member expressed concern about how dark their son Archie’s skin color might be before he was born.
– The first three episodes of the Harry & Meghan Netflix six-part series began streaming at 8am on Thursday. The next three episodes will air for a period of one week, on December 15th, the streaming giant has confirmed.
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