Queen Elizabeth II Supports Black Lives Matter Movement, Says Monarch's Senior Representative
"It’s a hot conversation topic. The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers. [The royals] care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values," said Sir Ken Olisa, who is the first coloured Lord-Lieutenant for London.
Allegations of Racism
During the conversation the Duchess of Sussex, whose mother is coloured, claimed that one member of the family wondered about what colour skin the couple’s first-born, Archie, would have.
"Because they were concerned that if he were too brown, that would be a problem? Are you saying that?" asked TV host Oprah Winfrey.
"If that's the assumption you are making, I think that feels like a pretty safe one", Meghan Markle replied.
Prince Harry said he was deeply saddened that no member of the family condemned the racist treatment of Meghan Markle by the UK press, and the Duchess suggested that racism could be behind the Palace’s decision to not give Archie security protection, to which all royal members are entitled. She also suggested that it might also be the reason he is not styled "Prince" although in this case she was unaware of the 1917 decision by George V to limit how many people could be styled "Prince" or "Princess".
The allegations prompted widespread condemnation and calls for a boycott of the Royal Family. A UK lobbying firm launched a petition asking the government to abolish the monarchy.
How Has the Palace Responded?
What is Black Lives Matter?
BLM gained momentum around the world after the death of George Floyd, which occurred in May 2020. Back then police received a call about a man [Floyd] who allegedly paid for his groceries with a forged banknote. Footage recorded by bystanders showed that during the arrest Floyd was pinned to the ground with one officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on his neck. Floyd repeatedly told Chauvin that he was unable to breathe. Despite pleas, the officer kept kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes even after Floyd lost consciousness.
The news of Floyd’s death sparked massive protests against racism and police brutality in the United States, which continued for months. Similar demonstrations were held in almost all parts of the world, including in the United Kingdom, France, Iran, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Australia.