People: Inside Queen Elizabeth's Plans to Diversify the Palace Amid Meghan's Claims of Racism
Queen Elizabeth II has plans to diversify the palace amid Meghan Markle's racism claims. Check out details of the plans we gathered below.
People reported that Queen Elizabeth II has plans to diversify the palace after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's claims of racism during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During their dramatic and revealing CBS interview with Winfrey, Markle revealed that a royal family member had expressed concerns about how dark their then-unborn son, Archie's skin, would be.
Queen Elizabeth II pictured presenting a trophy to a Household Cavalry soldier at The Royal Windsor Horse Show, 2002. | Photo: Getty Images
Buckingham Palace released a statement about their interview. It said that the family was saddened by the challenges the couple faced and were not aware of the full extent of their struggles.
Although the short statement did not go into detail about their interview, it did refer to racism claims made by the Sussexes. Part of Buckingham Palace statement read:
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. "
It seems the Queen is working hard and diversify the Palace and is considering hiring a person to spearhead the diversity and inclusion work as reported by People.
A royal insider shared that the Queen is considering making a key appointment to promote inclusion which would be a part of the Palace's ongoing "listening and learning" program.
Family members of the family have spoken out about Markle and Harry's claims.
The source also shared that conversation around diversity was happening before Markle and Harry's interview as the institution recognized that more needed to be done.
A diversity official is being considered to tackle the issues surrounding the palace and inclusivity, as told by the source. Diversity is an issue taken seriously by the Palace as the source revealed:
"We have the policies, the procedures and programs in place, but we haven't seen the progress we would like in terms of representation."
The royal insider added that there was always room for improvement, and more needed to be done. All of the family are supportive, and work has been underway already.
Although it is too early in the discussion for formal plans, they are considering appointing someone to oversee the diversity and inclusion work of all three households.
Family members of the family have spoken out about Markle and Harry's claims. Prince William told reporters that his family is not racist while on an outing to a London school.
Prince Charles was reportedly upset about the claims of racism as he has done a lot of work for minority causes, including being the first person to acknowledge the Windrush generation.