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The Spectator: Trevor Phillips Says Oprah Should Have Asked Harry about His Own Race Comments

Laura Beatham
Mar 13, 2021
09:20 P.M.

Trevor Phillips says Oprah should have asked Prince Harry about his own race comments during the Suessexes' CBS interview.

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Writer for The Spectator, Charles Moore, spoke to Trevor Philips for an article. He said Winfrey should have asked Prince Harry about his own race comments during his and Meghan Markle's interview.

Moore wrote an interesting opinion piece about claims made by Markle and Harry. In the article, he questioned the legitimacy of what was said by the Sussexes. He added insight from Phillips, who is a former politician.

Prince Harry pictured when he took part in a training session for Coach Core. 2016, London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry pictured when he took part in a training session for Coach Core. 2016, London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

The writer discussed Markle's concerns of racism within the Palace as she shared that Harry had told her that there was a conversation about how "dark" their unborn child would be.

The couple declined to reveal who made the remark, but Harry informed Winfrey that it was neither the Queen nor Prince Philip. Phillips said that the host should have asked better questions during the interview:

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"A genuinely interesting question about race would have been to ask the couple whether they had discussed Harry’s own past."

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Phillips added that it would have been a 'big positive" for the couple if they had spoken candidly about how they worked through the past, including Harry's own behavior and past remarks.

Trevor added that doing so would assume that Markle knows about his past life. However, she seems ill-informed about the royal family which she married into.

The Queen released a statement in which she said that the race concern would be addressed privately by the family.

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The Daily Mail shared two racial incidents that got Prince Harry into trouble during his 20s. The first was when he opted to wear a Nazi costume to a party in 2005.

He wore an Afrika Korps uniform, fit with a swastika armband. The poorly-chosen costume sparked outrage from politicians and Jewish human rights organizations. The Daily Mail reported:

"After pictures of the outfit were published, an apology was issued on behalf of Harry for his 'poor choice of costume.'"

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Harry served time in the military. Unfortunately, another incident happened when he referred to his Asian colleagues with a racial slur. He apologized for the offense.

Captain Khan, whom he was referring to, insisted that he had not taken any offense by it. The prince was recorded saying the word in 2006, but footage was released 3 years later.

As for the royal family and their responses to the racist claims, the Queen released a statement in which she said that the race concern would be addressed privately by the family.

Prince William responded to the claim during his first public engagement after the interview this past week. He said that the family is "very much" not racist.

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