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Buckingham Palace Breaks Silence on Claims of Prejudiced Hiring Practices

Jené Liebenberg
Jun 03, 2021
08:40 A.M.
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Buckingham Palace is speaking out against claims that members of ethnic minorities and foreigners were unable to hold certain positions within Queen Elizabeth's household. 

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UK-based newspaper The Guardian recently published an article claiming that members of ethnic minorities and foreigners were banned from taking on clerical roles in the monarch's household up until the late 1960s. 

Buckingham Place has broken its silence concerning the controversial topic, saying that The Guardian's sources are unreliable and do not speak to the circumstances of the royal household today. 

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in West Newton, Norfolk to attend a Sunday service. | Getty Images

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MORE CLAIMS

Alongside the unearthing of the restrictions placed on people of color working in the palace, it was also discovered that Queen Elizabeth and her household are exempt from laws that work to prevent sex and race discrimination. 

Buckingham Palace is defending itself in the face of these claims, which threaten to bring the debate over the monarchy and race back to life. It released a statement to E! News saying

"Claims based on a second-hand account of conversations from over 50 years ago should not be used to draw or infer conclusions about modern day events or operations."

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DIGGING IN THE ARCHIVES 

The Guardian's findings were as a result of their deep dive into the British National Archives. The newspaper is in the midst of investigating the Queen's consent which gives the royal family the ability to manipulate the content of British law. 

He refused to reveal the identity of the individuals involved in the conversations because of the irreparable damage it would do.

According to the newspaper, they discovered documents that reveal that in 1968 the Queen’s chief financial manager didn't appoint civil servants to clerical roles because the royal household did not take on ethnic minorities and foreigners. 

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RACIAL COMMENTS

This isn't the first time racist actions and comments made behind closed palace doors have come to light. During her revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle shared that comments were made about her son's skin color.

Markle said that several conversations were had with Prince Harry about how dark their firstborn son Archie's skin would be. Although it is not known who commented, Winfrey shared that it was not the Queen nor Prince Philip. She said

'He wanted to make sure that I knew and if I had an opportunity to share it that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather that were a part of those conversations."   

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COLONIAL UNDERTONES

The Duke of Sussex revealed that the racist comments from his family came during the beginning stages of his relationship with the former "Suits" star. 

He refused to reveal the identity of the individuals involved in the conversations because of the irreparable damage it would do to their reputation. Prince Harry shared that the conversations left him in shock. 

During the interview with Winfrey, Prince Harry also spoke out about the royal family's lack of support while Markle faced the racial undertones included in the press coverage on her. 

The Duke of Sussex shared that more than 70 members of parliament addressed the problem publicly, but the Windsor family decided to remain silent on the issue. 

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