The Royal Rift has been turned up a notch higher this week when the interview between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah sent shockwaves across the internet. The couple accused the Monarchy and the royal family of racial bias/racism/racist comments. Many people are shocked to find out that Meghan Markle experienced racial bias from the Monarchy in particularly from prominent members of the royal family. But my question is: Why is it hard to believe that the Monarchy/the royal family could be racist or show racial bias?
The interview that was broadcasted on Sunday 7th March 2021 in the US, saw Meghan explicitly state that senior members of the Royal family expressed concerns regarding the shade her baby would be. Many have said it could have been asked out of “innocence” or from ‘being ignorant”, however I don’t think this could ever be the case. No one ever says to a white couple “Oh I wonder what shade of white your baby will be?”, so why do people feel comfortable saying these things to black people. Other excuses that have been thrown around is that black people come in various shades and so it could be a plausible question; but surely so do white people. It is never ok to question a person skin tone no matter who they are.