Buckingham Palace is considering appointing an official who would serve as diversity czar after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s disturbing interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to multiple media.
A source said the palace has been working to improve diversity in royal homes for some time, but little progress has been made.
Diversity is an “issue that has been taken very seriously in royal homes,” the source told CNN and UK media.
“We have the policies, procedures and programs in place, but we haven’t seen the progress that we would like and accept that more needs be made,” the source added. “The work to do this has been going on for some time now and comes with the full support of the family.”
Appointing a diversity czar to lead the effort is on the table, but it is still too early to announce “firm plans,” the source said. “We listen and learn, to get it right,” the source added.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex complained about the racist British press coverage of Winfrey in an interview earlier this month. But in the most disturbing revelation, they said a member of the royal family spoke to them about “concerns” about the color of their son’s skin. They did not name the family member, but Winfrey later clarified that it was not Queen Elizabeth or Prince Phillip.
Buckingham Palace is already expected to review diversity policies in all royal homes, including Clarence House and Kensington Palace, the BBC reported.
The Guardian reported that Royal Assistants are due to participate in a ‘listen and learn’ process regarding inclusion in the coming weeks. It would involve individuals and business leaders sharing their thoughts on how the monarchy can improve the representation of people of color, members of the LGBTQ + community, and people with disabilities.
In a statement on behalf of the Queen following Winfrey’s interview, Buckingham Palace said the allegations of racism made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were ‘concerning’, adding that they would be ‘taken very seriously “and” treated by the family in private. . ”
After the interview, Prince William told a reporter that “we are really not a racist family”.
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