If the Duchess of Sussex needs support for her claims about racism, then here is the truth. The palace has some explaining to do after The Guardian digs up documents at the National Archives that show a history of racist hiring practices at the palace at least through the late 1960s.
As per the report, “coloured immigrants or foreigners” were banned by the palace from working in clerical roles (ones that are often public-facing positions) and were relegated to the domestic staff. The U.K. publication noted that by the 1990s there were employees from diverse backgrounds working in a variety of positions, but racial background records were not kept before that era.
What makes this situation is trickier is the fact that in the 1970s, Queen Elizabeth’s aides negotiated a clause that exempts her and “her household from laws that prevent race and sex discrimination.” It’s a policy that is still in place today.
Meghan made comments that the royal family passed derogatory comments saying, “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born,” and Prince William doubled down on the palace response with “We are very much not a racist family” — how did that make the Duchess of Sussex feel? While the Queen sent her love to her grandson’s wife, she did make a pointed note in her statement saying that “recollections may vary.”
Supposedly, the royal family shows that they are racist as we see people doing world tours, but they need to see themselves rather than looking outside of their homes. The papers The Guardian unveiled is telling a much different story than the palace is putting out there — the story shows that Meghan’s experience is probably not unique, as per sheknows.com.
In March, a report the Queen was looking to hire a diversity czar was published to study “the policies, the procedures, and programs in place, but we haven’t seen the progress we would like and accept more needs to be done, we can always improve,” per a CNN source.
There’s no news about filling the vacancy, but the Queen’s first duty was to eliminate the race and sex discrimination exemption after she heard Meghan, and grandson Prince Harry, speak their truth. It is the least one can do after seeing their blood in pain.
Buckingham Palace stated E! News that rebuts some of the claims made in The Guardian article. “The Royal Household and the Sovereign comply with the provisions of the Equality Act, in principle and practise,” the statement reads.
“This is reflected in the diversity, inclusion, and dignity at work policies, procedures and practises within the Royal Household. Any complaints that might be raised under the Act follow a formal process that provides a means of hearing and remedying any complaint.”
Over the last year, the royal family has been through a bumpy road while realizing that the monarchy is making efforts for their survival. The racial issues are above all.