By Ricky Browne
The Royals are absolutely not racist, according to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles the Prince of Wales.
Ordinarily, members of the Royal family politely ignore any questions that the media might fire at them at official functions. But earlier on Thursday Prince William made an exception.
While leaving an engagement, a reporter shot two questions off to Prince William.
The first question was fairly benign, with the reporter referencing the interview that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had with Oprah Winfrey that was broadcast in the US on Sunday and in the UK on Monday.
“Sir, have you spoken to your brother since the interview?” asked the reporter.
No I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will do”, said William as he continued to walk without pausing.
The next question was a little more pointed.
“And can you just let me know is the Royal family a racist family sir?”
There was a slight pause, as the Prince adjusted his mask, while continuing to walk.
“No, we are very much not a racist family,” Prince William said.
Walking alongside him was his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. But as if to make the point, a black lady in a vibrant African print blouse was walking just behind him. Everyone was masked, due to Covid-19 protocols, so it was difficult to make out facial expressions.
The exchange barely took five seconds – far shorter than the 90 minute interview that Harry and Meghan had with Oprah, outlining many of the problems they had living within the constraints of the Royal family while in the UK.
But as short as it was, it was making almost as much headlines as the interview which prompted the question.
Its not clear whether the opinion of a white, entitled man will carry much weight against the opinion of a woman a mixed racial background, who may identify as being black. His impression of what is racist and what is not might not be the same as someone who feels that they have been on the receiving end of racist behaviour from the very same family.
A white person can know what it feels like to be discriminated against. But can the Prince understand that what seems completely above board to him, may be seen completely differently by someone else?
Its likely that there will be many non-white people who will think that the Prince is just plain wrong on this one.